MASSENA, N.Y. (WWNY) - From Massena, you can now get to Baltimore, Washington D.C. and beyond.
Boutique Air has added a Baltimore destination. The once-a-day round-trip flight now complements its flights to Boston’s Logan airport.
“So far, so good. We’ve had three flights. The first one to Boston yesterday, then Baltimore, back to Boston in the evening … mission accomplished,” said Samuel Carbone, Massena deputy town supervisor.
A federal subsidy allows for cheaper tickets. Right now, one-way tickets to Baltimore start as low as $79. There, Washington D.C. is just a free train ride away. Or you can connect to any of 18 airlines.
“It gets them to two large hubs early in the day so they can catch a flight to their destination. It gets you to the advantage of a large hub like all metropolitan areas have,” said Carbone.
Boutique is in its fourth year at Massena. It was a key part of making the airport self-sustaining.
“It’s a really big step that Massena has been able to get this airport for free basically,” said Steve O’Shaughnessy, Massena town supervisor. “We are breaking even or making money.”
Four years ago the town subsidized the airport to the tune of a quarter million dollars. A key ingredient in making it profitable is fuel sales to Boutique.
There are going to be some big improvements made on the airfield over the next several years. One of those will be the rebuilding of its main runway.
First up is more than $4 million in airfield construction on an apron, taxiway and other areas starting this year. In 2023 the $4.5 million main runway project will start.