FA4B6
Topic Author
Posts: 1078
Joined: Mon Sep 13, 2004 3:00 am

Plattsburgh Air Travel To Take Off

Fri Jul 15, 2005 8:43 am

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.
"Leap! And the net will appear."
 
LHMark
Posts: 7048
Joined: Fri Jan 21, 2000 2:18 am

RE: Plattsburgh Air Travel To Take Off

Fri Jul 15, 2005 8:53 am

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.
"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
 
FA4B6
Topic Author
Posts: 1078
Joined: Mon Sep 13, 2004 3:00 am

RE: Plattsburgh Air Travel To Take Off

Fri Jul 15, 2005 9:04 am

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.
"Leap! And the net will appear."
 
HPRamper
Posts: 4595
Joined: Sat May 14, 2005 4:22 am

RE: Plattsburgh Air Travel To Take Off

Fri Jul 15, 2005 12:07 pm

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.
 
A330323X
Posts: 2666
Joined: Thu Oct 09, 2003 4:06 pm

RE: Plattsburgh Air Travel To Take Off

Fri Jul 15, 2005 12:13 pm

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.
 
flyyul
Posts: 4394
Joined: Sun Jun 25, 2000 11:25 am

RE: Plattsburgh Air Travel To Take Off

Fri Jul 15, 2005 12:51 pm

This is insane.

Unless they intend to use Plattsburgh as a low-cost alternative to Montreal.
 
milesrich
Posts: 1508
Joined: Sun Jul 06, 2003 2:46 am

RE: Plattsburgh Air Travel To Take Off

Fri Jul 15, 2005 12:52 pm

Another government boondoggle. They need a new terminal there like they do at Iron Mountain, MI
 
YULMRS
Posts: 172
Joined: Wed Mar 16, 2005 8:10 am

RE: Plattsburgh Air Travel To Take Off

Fri Jul 15, 2005 1:40 pm

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 !!!!!
 
Mark_D.
Posts: 1360
Joined: Wed Aug 01, 2001 9:55 am

RE: Plattsburgh Air Travel To Take Off

Sat Jul 16, 2005 3:12 am

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
 
Jamake1
Posts: 800
Joined: Mon May 17, 2004 2:30 pm

RE: Plattsburgh Air Travel To Take Off

Sat Jul 16, 2005 3:30 am

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.
United's B747-400. "She's a a cruel lover."
 
FA4B6
Topic Author
Posts: 1078
Joined: Mon Sep 13, 2004 3:00 am

RE: Plattsburgh Air Travel To Take Off

Sat Jul 16, 2005 3:42 am

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??
"Leap! And the net will appear."
 
apodino
Posts: 3027
Joined: Mon Apr 04, 2005 2:11 am

RE: Plattsburgh Air Travel To Take Off

Sat Jul 16, 2005 10:06 am

Quoting FA4B6 (Reply 10):

there are PLB-BTV flights??

Yup commutairs flights to PLB are from BTV and Sarnac Lake.
 
Jamake1
Posts: 800
Joined: Mon May 17, 2004 2:30 pm

RE: Plattsburgh Air Travel To Take Off

Sat Jul 16, 2005 3:11 pm

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.
United's B747-400. "She's a a cruel lover."