SkyWest Selected For Air Service In Massena & OgdensburgPosted: Updated:
SkyWest Airlines has been selected to serve airports in Massena and Ogdensburg.
The airline was selected by the U.S. Department of Transportation under what's known as Essential Air Service, which provides federal subsidies to rural airports.
SkyWest's $6 million contract starts April 1 and runs for two years.
SkyWest will fly 50-passenger jets 12 times a week out of each airport to Chicago's O'Hare International and Washington Dulles International airports.
It's what Ogdensburg officials wanted.
"This is a great day for the north country. It's great news for the regional air traveler," said Wade Davis, Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority executive director:
Officials with the town of Massena, which runs that airport, preferred Boutique Air over SkyWest. Boutique currently flies out of Massena and will continue to do that at least until the end of May while SkyWest gears up operations in Massena.
The Boutique proposal included eight- or nine-passenger airplanes flying 21 trips weekly to Albany and Baltimore/Washington airports.
Other airlines considered were Cape Air and Silver Airways.
Cape Air currently flies out of Ogdensburg and will be replaced by SkyWest.
Massena Town Supervisor Steve O'Shaughnessy says he's disappointed Boutique Air wasn't chosen for Massena, but he's happy the decision has been made.
"We are going to work very hard with SkyWest to make a successful program here," he said.
Something interesting about the decision - O'Shaughnessy says it was held up due to the government shutdown.