KITH From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 379 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2113 times:
At approximately 11.50AM EST, a NW Airlink Saab340 landed on runway 32 at ITH. This marks the first time an airline besides US and their affiliates has landed a scheduled flight in ITH since 1997 when CO pulled out. They had a nice ribbon cutting and some light snacks along with short speeches by the airport manager/Chamber of commerce president/NW representative. The pilot sure looked happy. Do they generally tell the crew if its an inaugural flight (even to a small airport such as ITH)? -Matt in KITH
Article except from News 10 Now
"Northwest Airlines will fly its maiden voyage out of Ithaca today.
$50 million is spent on airline travel by people in Tompkins County.
But about 68% of travelers fly out of other airports, including Syracuse, Binghamton and Elmira, where they can find cheaper flights and more options.
KITH From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 379 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1839 times:
ITH did not ever receive a SCASD grant. Elmira, and Binghamton have. THis was the result of the Tompkins County Legislature working with Northwest airlines/Cornell Univ and its alumni connection (CEO of Mesaba) and support from the local businesses/university's in the form of a revenue guarantee. ITH was passed over every time it applied for a SCASD grant. -Matt in KITH