LAKE CLEAR — Cape Air will start seasonal service between White Plains and Saranac Lake on June 26.
It is the first airline to offer flights from this region to the New York City area — something local residents and business people have sought for years.
The airline will schedule one daily round-trip flight Tuesday through Sunday between Westchester County Airport and Adirondack Regional Airport.
Cape Air Northeast Marketing Manager Jacqueline Donohoo said the service is expected to run through Labor Day.
“It’s been in the works for quite some time,” she said. “This is something we wanted to do for the community.”
Passengers can also use Cape Air’s shuttle service from Westchester County Airport to 35th Street and 8th Avenue in midtown Manhattan.
HOPING FOR EXTENSION
Adirondack Regional Airport Manager Corey Hurwitch is excited to see Cape Air offering a new direct destination out of Saranac Lake.
He said he has talked with the company about service to the New York area for the last 3 or 4 years and was glad they have decided to give it a try.
“We’re hoping it’s successful, and they’ll want to do it again next year,” he said. “We’re optimistic. I want to see it expanded to year-round.”
Donohoo said this will be a trial run to see if numbers warrant expansion of the service, she said.
People with second homes in vacation spots such as Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket have found the Westchester Airport to be a useful location, she said.
Cape Air President Linda Markham said the decision to offer service to the New York City area is based solely on all the customer feedback they have received.
“There has been an overwhelming request for service to New York from both the public and private sectors in the Saranac Lake region,” she said in a press release.
“We are thrilled our operation has been able to meet the desires of our customers — it’s a win-win for both of us.”
The addition of service to White Plains complements Cape Air’s current schedule, which includes three daily flights between Saranac Lake and Boston’s Logan International Airport.
Those flights are partially funded by a Federal Aviation Administration Essential Air Service contract, which was recently renewed through Feb. 28, 2018, at $1.8 million per year.
Hurwitch said Cape Air has added a fourth flight, unsubsidized by that contract, to Boston during summer months in recent years. The new Westchester route is expected to replace that for this summer.
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BOOK A FLIGHT
Passengers can book their flights to New York now by visiting capeair.com or by calling 800-CAPE-AIR.