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Watertown airport moves ahead with expansion plans

The Watertown airport is moving ahead with expansion plans that could bring larger planes and larger airlines into the North Country. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Locals welcome Cape Air

Three months after it began service at the Adirondack Regional Airport and the Plattsburgh International Airport, Cape Air was formally welcomed to the North Country on Thursday during separate ribbon cutting ceremonies at the two facilities. Local officials say they're optimistic that Cape Air will be able to restore the trust of the flying public, which was hurt by the collapse of the airports' previous carrier, Big Sky airlines. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

Cape Air vs Boston-Maine Airways

Two new commuter airlines have applied to fly the North Country's federally subsidized routes abandoned last week by Big Sky Airlines. Massachusetts-based Cape Air wants to fly non-stop from Plattsburgh and Saranac Lake to Boston. A separate company, New Hampshire-based Pan Am Airways, hopes to fly from Massena to Ogdensburg to Watertown and on to Albany. As Jonathan Brown reports, both companies appear to have strengths and weaknesses.  Go to full article

Big Sky Airlines quits the North Country

Big Sky Airlines is pulling out of the North Country. The company announced on Wednesday that its planes will cease operations in the region at midnight on January 7. In a statement, Big Sky officials said they would continue to operate in Montana at least for the time being. "Our eastern operations were dramatically affected by a combination of unusually bad weather, disappointing revenue and record high fuel prices," said Fred deLeeuw, Big Sky's president, in a prepared statement. "We have great people who have worked extraordinarily hard, but that factor could not overcome the challenges we faced, and we no longer believe that we can reach sustained profitability." Big Sky will abandon a Federal subsidy, which could result in legal entanglements, and leave half a dozen North Country airports without service. Communities affected include Watertown, Ogdensburg, Massena, Plattsburgh, and Lake Clear. Jonathan Brown will have more on this story Thursday morning during the 8 o'clock hour.  Go to full article

Big Sky begins north country flights

Big Sky Airlines began flying planes yesterday out of the Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Clear and the Plattsburgh Airport. Operating as a Delta connection, Big Sky will provide three round trip flights each weekday and each weekend to Boston. As Chris Knight reports from Saranac Lake, business leaders and elected officials are optimistic the service will be used by local residents and tourists.  Go to full article

Coming soon ? non-stop flights from Plattsburgh to Ft Lauderdale

Tomorrow, a low-cost air carrier is expected to announce non-stop flights from Plattsburgh to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Executives with Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air have been touring the North Country since the Clinton County Airport moved to the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base. Rodney Brown is Clinton County's interim airport manager. He says, with longer runways, the new airport can accommodate large passenger jets. And, as he told Jonathan Brown, Allegiant Air's service could make Plattsburgh much more attractive to travelers in the North Country, Vermont and Canada.  Go to full article

McHugh wants more money for rural air subsidies

As we heard in Jonathan's report, air travel in the North Country is heavily subsidized by a federal program called Essential Air Service. Since 1978, EAS has paid airlines like Big Sky to serve more than 140 rural communities nationwide. Federal, state and local governments have also spent millions of dollars more building airport infrastructures, including terminals and runways. Late last month, North Country Congressman John McHugh introduced a new bill that would expand funding for small town airports. The bill, which faces stiff opposition, would boost subsidies to airlines to reflect changes in their operating costs. It would also allow local and state governments to spend more to attract a preferred airline into a community, rather than accepting the lowest bidder for EAS subsidies. Congressman McHugh was in Saranac Lake yesterday touring the Adirondack Medical Center. After his visit, he spoke about rural air service with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

Montana airline eyes the North Country

A regional carrier, Big Sky Airlines based in Montana, is looking to serve the North Country. Jonathan Brown has more.  Go to full article

Schumer Wants Fed Loan for US Airways

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer this week urged the federal Air Transportation Stabilization Board to approve a 900 million dollar loan to the airline. US Airways showed losses of about 1.4 billion dollars since September 11th, creating what Schumer says is the company's "worst fiscal crisis". Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

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