CITY OF OSWEGATCHIE, New York (WWNY) – There’s something new on the tarmac at Ogdensburg International Airport. A new airline will fly you to a new destination, but it’s the same service you can get from Watertown.
“This is going to allow residents of Ogdensburg and the greater Ogdensburg area to fly anywhere in the United States at a reasonable price,” said St. Lawrence County Legislator James Reagen (R. – District 1).
Contour Airlines announced Wednesday morning that it will provide service from Ogdensburg International Airport to Philadelphia.
“Everyone is excited. We have been waiting for this announcement for months,” said Stéphanie Saracco, airport manager.
The carrier is part of American Airlines and will make 12 trips a week to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
“We are always looking for communities where service to an American Airlines hub makes sense. Moving the service from Washington DC which currently carries the United brand to Philadelphia, where people can continue to have access to one of the largest carriers in the country, I think was the recipe for success,” said Matthew Chaifetz , CEO of Contour Airlines.
The announcement is part of a federal grant program. After SkyWest departed, the airport recently received $11 million to attract a new airline.
“This will give us the opportunity to be the second airport in the Ottawa region,” said Reagen.
Although airport officials hope to be the first choice for air travel in the North, Watertown Airport also offers a daily flight to Philadelphia via American Airlines.
“I think there is always a bit of competition. But I think the flights, the flight schedules are a bit more conducive to our community,” Saracco said.
“Ottawa and Ogdensburg are only 45 minutes straight, you know, across the bridge straight to Canada’s capital. These people don’t drive in Watertown,” Reagen said.
The CEO of the airline sees it as a victory.
“I think the flexibility schedule offered by effectively doubling the amount of service to and from the area is actually a big win for the community,” Chaifetz said.
The first flight is scheduled for July 1.
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