MASSENA - Cape Air will continue to offer flights in and out of Massena International Airport as the result of a new two-year EAS (Essential Air Service) contract announced Monday by Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.).
Since Cape Air began providing air service out of Massenas Airport in 2008, Town Supervisor Joseph D. Gray said the number of riders has continued to increase, with a significant jump occurring in 2011 when the airline introduced flights to Boston.
According to Mr. Gray, the airline served 3,298 passengers in 2010, a number that increased to 4,383 in 2011 and 4,773 in 2012, with 2013 getting off to a solid start with 343 passengers served in January.
Were continuing to see an uptick, Mr. Gray said, adding he is pleased to see Cape Air return to Massena.
The service from Cape Air has been stellar, he said. They are a very reliable company, and we are pleased to have them at Massena International Airport.
Mr. Gray noted that finding an airline to serve the north country hasnt always been easy, and hes thankful for the EAS subsidy that helps ensure service for the people in the Massena area.
Its not an easy thing to attract carriers, he said, adding Cape Air was the only airline that sought the contract. Obviously the subsidy from the federal government helps, it wouldnt happen without it.
Under the new contract, Cape Air will continue to offer three non-stop flights each day to Albany, with passengers having the option of continuing on to Boston.
If people are looking to go to Albany for business, its great, down and back in one day, and if people are going beyond Albany great connections are available, he said.
There is no question about it access to air travel is good for businesses, good for jobs and good for the financial health of the community, and Im pleased to announce that service from Massena to Boston will continue through 2015, Mr. Schumer said. Having local and affordable air service in your region shouldnt be a special privilege reserved for a lucky few, and Cape Airs new contract at Massena International Airport will bring more opportunities for St. Lawrence County and north country residents and business people - arriving and leaving the area - to connect to flights across the nation.
Cape Air also provides service to the airport in Ogdensburg. A spokesperson for Mr. Schumers office said that contract was not up for renewal this year.
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