O’burg airport loses airline

Published: Jan. 12, 2022 at 11:37 AM EST
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OGDENSBURG, New York (WWNY) - Ogdensburg International Airport is losing its airline.

In a statement Wednesday morning, the Ogdensburg Bridge And Port Authority (OBPA) - which operates the airport - said SkyWest Airlines has given 90 days’ notice it is ending service in Ogdensburg.

Airport management and the OBPA are working “to acquire new air service for the Ogdensburg community,” and the U.S. Department of Transportation will issue what’s known as a “request for proposals” from airlines.

SkyWest is required to remain in Ogdensburg until a new airline is in place, according to the statement. It’s not clear whether that requirement extends beyond the 90 days’ notice.

The Ogdensburg airport has been badly hurt by COVID-19 and the extended ban on cross-border traffic with Canada, and Steve Lawrence, OBPA Director, said Wednesday that was a factor in losing SkyWest.

The drop in “enplanements” (people getting on an airline plane) at Ogdensburg was dramatic between 2019, when the number of enplanements was 26,921, to the pandemic year of 2020, when the number dropped to 9,259. That’s a drop of nearly two-thirds.

SkyWest attributed the pull-out to staffing challenges caused by COVID.

The airline said its ground crews at Ogdensburg will be offered options, including transfer within the company.

SkyWest flies under the name United Express in Ogdensburg. It is the last airline to operate out of Ogdensburg; Allegiant Air pulled its last flights from Ogdensburg in 2020.

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