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User currently offlineFA4B6 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3838 times:

http://www.wcax.com/Global/story.asp?S=3592563&nav=4QcSc7dh

Plattsburgh, New York - July 13, 2005

Air travel to Plattsburgh could soon be taking off. Wednesday night, the Clinton County Legislature signed off on plans for a new airport at the old air base. Plans call for a $7.5 million terminal to be built along the flight line that once accommodated Air Force planes. The initial construction will be about 30,000 square feet, with plenty of room to grow.

"While it won't be a Taj Mahal, it will be nicely done," explains Clinton County legislator James Langley. "It will be pleasing and expandable to the needs of what we will need in the future."

The small regional carrier Commutair is the only airline operating out of the existing county airport, but officials hope the new larger facility will one day accommodate a major discount airline, like Southwest or JetBlue.

Ground breaking on the new airport is expected to take place August 15th. Construction is expected to take about 18 months.

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User currently offlineLHMark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 47
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3826 times:

Good news for my northern NY bretheren. There's a big college there, and the only way in or out is to drive. jetBlue and WN may be a bit ambitious, though. It's a small community for mainline jets, probably even for the ERJ-190.


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User currently offlineFA4B6 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3813 times:

Quoting LHMark (Reply 1):
Good news for my northern NY bretheren. There's a big college there, and the only way in or out is to drive. jetBlue and WN may be a bit ambitious, though. It's a small community for mainline jets, probably even for the ERJ-190.

And also BTV, an established airport, is just a 45 minute-or-so drive away.


User currently offlineHPRamper From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4037 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3712 times:

I can see Mesaba flights out of DTW as well as other airline express routes from NYC. During the summer season I'm sure the area can support RJ flights as Plattsburgh is a gateway to the upper NY recreation areas.

User currently offlineA330323X From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 3039 posts, RR: 44
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3704 times:

While the new airport sounds great, I wouldn't get my hopes up too much.

PLB currently has about 6.5 enplanements a day, and would have lost service altogether several years ago if it weren't for the EAS subsidies.



I'm the expert on here on two things, neither of which I care about much anymore.
User currently offlineFLYYUL From Italy, joined Jun 2000, 4970 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3673 times:

This is insane.

Unless they intend to use Plattsburgh as a low-cost alternative to Montreal.


User currently offlineMilesrich From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1993 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3667 times:

Another government boondoggle. They need a new terminal there like they do at Iron Mountain, MI

User currently offlineYULMRS From France, joined Mar 2005, 195 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3648 times:

That's too close from YUL, but some flights could be interesting, may be US flights or CO to EWR.

Quoting FLYYUL (Reply 5):
This is insane.

Unless they intend to use Plattsburgh as a low-cost alternative to Montreal.

Won't be, PAX going to Montr�al don't want the American customs and seems to be a bit far. May be for those going in Sherbrooke ... but that's a smaller market ...



To any North American carrier, send us a regular flight in MRS !!!!!
User currently offlineMark_D. From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 1447 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3525 times:

Oh good for Plattsburgh and Clinton County  Smile I still remember the days about a dozen years back when the bombshell hit that they were shutting PAFB down, leaving basically the Georgia Pacific paper mill guys as the town's main employe, followed by SUNY Plattsburgh to some extent as well. And then after the Canadian-to-U.S. dollar exchange rate fell significantly only a few years later then a huge amount of the cross-border shopping trade of course dropped off along with it.

So after many years of sort of struggling along --especially with the Clinton County airport, and especially in the first few years after 9/11 -- it's good to see them demonstrably express optimism with a project like this. Teamed up with some other encouraging signs for the town alongside:

http://www.thechamplainchannel.com/news/4720975/detail.html


User currently offlineJamake1 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1005 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3509 times:

Burlington is a short boat-ride away...attempts to develop a major facility at PLB would appear redundant. The population base surrounding BTV and PLB areas does not warrant a second competing airport to BTV, IMHO. For kicks, a few summers ago, I took the Lake Champlain Ferry from Grand Isle, VT to Plattsburgh and flew Commutair's 15 minute flight from PLB to BTV and back...a nice flight across Lake Champlain.


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User currently offlineFA4B6 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3502 times:

Quoting Jamake1 (Reply 9):
Burlington is a short boat-ride away...attempts to develop a major facility at PLB would appear redundant. The population base surrounding BTV and PLB areas does not warrant a second competing airport to BTV, IMHO. For kicks, a few summers ago, I took the Lake Champlain Ferry from Grand Isle, VT to Plattsburgh and flew Commutair's 15 minute flight from PLB to BTV and back...a nice flight across Lake Champlain.

there are PLB-BTV flights??


User currently offlineApodino From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 4234 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3414 times:

Quoting FA4B6 (Reply 10):

there are PLB-BTV flights??

Yup commutairs flights to PLB are from BTV and Sarnac Lake.


User currently offlineJamake1 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1005 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3352 times:

From Continental Airlines' Website....

Select Your Departing Flight for Mon., Jul. 18, 2005:

Price Departing Arriving Travel Time OnePass Miles

Nonstop flights from $57.90

From
$57.90

Depart:
6:30 a.m.
Plattsburgh, NY (PLB)
Arrive:
6:45 a.m.
Burlington, VT (BTV)

Travel Time:
15 mn
OnePass Miles/ Elite Qualification:
500/100%
Flight: CO8704
Aircraft: Beech 1900
Fare Class: Economy (N)
Meals: None
View Seats

Continental flight 8704 operated by CommutAir as Continental Connection.
Note: Continental flight 8704 is serviced by a non-jet equipment type. Boarding assistance for passengers with disabilities is not available on Continental flight 8704 due to the equipment type.

From
$57.90

Depart:
12:00 p.m.
Plattsburgh, NY (PLB)
Arrive:
12:25 p.m.
Burlington, VT (BTV)

Travel Time:
25 mn
OnePass Miles/ Elite Qualification:
500/100%
Flight: CO8779
Aircraft: Beech 1900
Fare Class: Economy (N)
Meals: None
View Seats

Continental flight 8779 operated by CommutAir as Continental Connection.
Note: Continental flight 8779 is serviced by a non-jet equipment type. Boarding assistance for passengers with disabilities is not available on Continental flight 8779 due to the equipment type.



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