LAKE CLEAR - Town of Harrietstown officials are talking with the commercial air carrier at the town-run Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Clear about providing service to White Plains, just outside New York City.
"We're trying to persuade Cape Air to fly there, maybe once or twice a week next summer, to see if that would generate any interest from the public to fly in and out of New York," Harrietstown Supervisor Larry Miller told the Enterprise.
Cape Air currently provides three round-trip flights to and from Boston's Logan International Airport each day using nine-seat Cessna 402 planes. It added a fourth flight this past summer.
Airport Manager Ross Dubarry, in a letter sent to area towns and Essex and Franklin counties in September, said Cape Air plans to offer the fourth flight next summer as well.
"Airport management is still trying to encourage Cape Air to initiate unsubsidized service to the New York City Market via Westchester County Airport in White Plains," Dubarry wrote. "If this should occur, I estimate that we could serve over 20,000 passengers passing through our airport (enplanements and deplanements) within 3 years."
Hyannis, Mass.-based Cape Air already provides service to White Plains from Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket and Lebanon, N.H.
In 2008, Cape Air secured a $2.8 million annual subsidy through the federal Essential Air Service program to provide commercial air service at Adirondack Regional.
Since then, the number of passengers flying from Adirondack Regional to Boston has increased. Cape Air recorded 4,088 enplanements in 2008. Last year the airport saw 5,111 enplanements. Through September of this year (the most recent data available) the airport had 4,952 enplanements.
If the airport reaches 10,000 enplanements, its annual entitlement from the Federal Aviation Administration will increase from $150,000 to $1 million.
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