Ogdensburg losing SkyWest flights to Chicago, keeping flights to Washington, D.C.

Ogdensburg losing SkyWest flights to Chicago, keeping flights to Washington, D.C.
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OGDENSBURG, N.Y. (WWNY) - SkyWest Airlines will continue to provide roundtrip flights from Ogdensburg International Airport to Washington-Dulles International Airport. However, its flights to Chicago will end at the end of this month.

The Department of Transportation selected SkyWest to provide essential air service to the airport for a three-year term from April 1, 2021, through March 31, 2024.

SkyWest has provided essential air service for the Ogdensburg airport since May of 2019, according to airport officials. They also said the airline currently flies 12 times a week from Ogdensburg to Washington, D.C. and Chicago.

The DOT told 7 News SkyWest submitted two options as part of its latest proposal to provide air service.

The first option would have kept both destinations. The second option was service to Washington-Dulles only.

A DOT spokesperson said the department chose the second option because it connects the community to the national air transportation system through a large hub airport and the cost is significantly less than the first option.

The effective date of the new contract is April 1.

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