New Flights Possible For Massena Airport

New Flights Possible For Massena Airport

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Members of the Massena town council got an inside look at an aircraft that could be flying out of the town's airport soon.

SkyWest Airlines brought in one of its 50-seat planes -- before they pitched a contract bid of $3 million.

"We would bring two departures a day and two arrivals a day," SkyWest marketing director Greg Atkin said. "One of them would go to Washington, D.C. and one would go to Chicago."

Boutique Air currently flies nine-seat planes out of the Massena Airport to Boston three times per day.

That two-year contract is up in March. Aside from SkyWest, the town is considering proposals from Boutique and from Massena's former airline, Cape Air.

Town supervisor Steve O'Shaughnessy says it's up to the town to make a recommendation, but ultimately it's the state Department of Transportation's call.

"We make a recommendation and they make a determination," O'Shaughnessy said. "They actually let the contract out."

SkyWest officials say if their bid is accepted, they'll choose to fly to Washington, D.C. and Chicago out of the Massena airport, simply to allow for more connecting flights.

"We think we can provide a product that a lot of people might drive to Syracuse for or other cities that they can use right out of here, out of their hometown," Atkin said.

After the proposals are finished, O'Shaughnessy expects to recommend an airline by mid-December.

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