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A Cape Air employee takes luggage from one of the airline's nine-seat Cessna 402 planes parked outside the Adirondack Regional Airport terminal. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>
A Cape Air employee takes luggage from one of the airline's nine-seat Cessna 402 planes parked outside the Adirondack Regional Airport terminal. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Cape Air proposes daily summer round trips to NYC region

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Cape Air has proposed adding daily round-trip service between the Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Clear and White Plains during the summer months.

Should the Hyannis, MA-based airline's plan move forward, it would link the Adirondack Park by commercial airline to the New York City area as well as Boston.

Cape Air's proposal comes as its $1.3 million federal subsidy to serve Adirondack Regional is set to expire.

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Chris Knight
Adirondack Correspondent

Using its federal subsidy, Cape Air currently provides round-trip service between Lake Clear and Boston's Logan International Airport three times a day on nine-seat planes. It has run an unsubsidized fourth daily flight to and from Boston during the summer months each of the last three years.

Now the airline wants to swap out that additional flight to Boston with a once-daily round-trip flight to White Plains in Westchester County. From there, passengers would be taken by a Cape Air van to midtown Manhattan.

Andrew Bonney, Cape Air's vice president of planning, outlined the proposal to town of Harrietstown officials Wednesday at a meeting at the Lake Clear airport, which the town owns and operates.

"We believe the demand for New York (City), I think it’s there," Bonney said, "and that would allow us to put our toe in the water without, as a company, taking too much more financial risk. We know that you guys have a huge market for New York, and this would connect you down there."

The Lake Clear-to-White Plains service wouldn't be subsidized. Bonney said the airline could include it in its Essential Air Service proposal for Adirondack Regional, but the federal government isn't likely to pay for more than it is now.

Asked about ticket prices, Bonney said they would be high, possibly as much as $250 each way, because the fares wouldn't be subsidized.

Town officials said they liked the idea of flights to and from White Plains, but they don't want to disrupt what's proved to be a successful service between Lake Clear and Boston. The number of passengers flying to and from the local airport has increased substantially since Cape Air took over service at the facility, from 8,100 in 2008 to nearly 12,000 last year.

Cape Air’s current federal subsidy will run out in February. The U.S. Department of Transportation is accepting proposals from airlines interested in providing service at Adirondack Regional until Oct. 30.

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