Watertown Airport Could Land Another CarrierPosted: Updated:
When it comes to bringing in a new airline, you have to sweeten the pot. Watertown International Airport is getting $200,000 to help land another carrier.
"This will add to that package to make our airport a little more attractive to potential air carriers," said Grant Sussey, airport manager.
The money was secured for the airport with the help of state Senator Patty Ritchie through New York's "Military Base Retention Fund."
The additional airline will provide what are considered "less-than-daily" flights.
"So that means a few times a week, to an additional destination and back," said Sussey.
American Eagle, which flies out of Watertown now, has two daily flights to Philadelphia.
There's long been speculation the airport could add a flight to a more southern destination.
One county legislator views this money as proof of the work put in by the county and airport management.
"People don't have to use your airport, and just to know that we keep breaking our own records as far as air traffic here, I think that proves that we've been on the right track," said Phil Reed, county legislator.
Sussey says it's hard to predict when a new airline will set up shop.