Press Release Article
2008 OFF TO A FLYING START AS PORT AUTHORITY WELCOMES SKYBUS’ NEW SERVICE AT STEWART INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Date: Jan 07, 2008
Press Release Number: 4-2008
Bistate Agency Also Announces Upcoming Visit to Europe
to Attract International Carriers to the Hudson Valley Airport
Stewart International Airport welcomed its newest airline Sunday when Skybus inaugurated service between the Hudson Valley and Columbus, Ohio. Next month, the low-fare airline will introduce new service between the Newburgh, N.Y. airport and Greensboro, N.C.
Skybus joins five other airlines now operating at Stewart - AirTran, Delta, JetBlue, Northwest and US Airways - that offer flights to Atlanta, Philadelphia, Detroit and four cities in Florida.
Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “Skybus’ arrival at Stewart Airport is great news for air travelers in the mid-Hudson region. As we congratulate the airline on its debut at our newest airport, we also reaffirm our commitment to bringing new air services to the people of the region.”
Port Authority Executive Director Anthony E. Shorris said, “This new service is another important step in the transformation of Stewart from an underutilized facility to a strong regional airport that can be a major economic engine for the Hudson Valley.”
Port Authority Director of Aviation William R. DeCota and Stewart Airport General Manager Diannae Ehler will travel to Europe next month to meet with international carriers and solicit interest in creating regular service between Stewart and Europe.
After the Port Authority took control of Stewart on November 1, 2007, it invested millions of dollars to build a new 350-spot parking lot and create plans for more parking improvements; opened a new, more-direct access road to the passenger terminal, linking it to the new I-84 exit built by the New York State department of Transportation; and installed 200 new seats in the terminal, near the gates and baggage claim areas. In addition, the Port Authority last month earmarked $500 million for improvements at Stewart Airport as part of its 10-year Capital Plan. The agency also is teaming with scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to develop an energy use plan for Stewart that would make it the world’s first carbon-negative airport.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, and Stewart International airports; LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit system; the Port Authority-Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.
The Port Authority is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.