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Skywest, Boutique and Cape Air all went in front of the Massena Town Council to pitch their airline for the Essential Air Service contract.

The EAS program offers federal subsidies to keep planes flying out of underserved areas. The current Massena EAS airline is Boutique Air, and their contract is about to expire.

Greg Atkin, Skywest's managing director of marketing development, told the board they plan to use 50-passenger United-branded jets to make four daily flights back and forth between Massena and Ogdensburg and Chicago and Washington, D.C.

Boutique president and founder Shawn Simpson proposed keeping daily flights to Boston and possibly adding a Baltimore or Pittsburgh destination.

Cape Air is proposing three round trips daily from Massena to Albany and Boston, or three round trips daily from Massena to Boston non-stop.

Which airlines would you prefer in St. Lawrence County?

58.6% -- Skywest

24.4% -- Cape Air

17% -- Boutique

Total responses: 353

Comments: 50

Here are your comments:

Jet aircraft much safer then prop aircraft due to lots of inclement weather in north country

12/10/2018 5:06 AM

Cape Air and Skywest. Too many problems according to articles with Boutique.

12/9/2018 7:43 PM

Need a flight closr toD.C. Chicago and Boston are out of the way for me as I travel to Massena two or threetimes yearly.

12/9/2018 2:48 PM

I wonder why the communities are not working together for a common solution. It seems there is unnecessary competition with airports. Now Potsdam wants to upgrade that airport. We need to do better in working together for the common good. I can see the positives in both Skywest and Boutique. Cape Air needs to upgrade their planes. This is a tough one due to timelines of renewal. Perhaps a one year agreement and then the county planning office assist in getting everyone together to further discuss. Thank you to all involved. This is not an easy task.

12/9/2018 2:02 PM

Skywest seems to be offering more choices. That would make a huge difference!

12/9/2018 2:00 PM

We use Cape Air a lot for Albany, but realize that SkyWest offers the best connections for business to help St. Lawrence growth.

12/9/2018 11:21 AM

I'll take my chances finding a bush pilot out at Lake Clear or on a Cessna piloted by a half drunk survivalist at the Pierrepont air field. Taking a flight out of Ogdensburg or Massena seems risky. The pilots are probably high on heroin or meth like everyone else in those towns. Scary.

12/9/2018 10:55 AM

How can you trust an airline called Boutique? The Cape Air smaller planes have more limitations and disrupted flights. United would hopefully have more dependable planes. Chicago connections would make the most sense. We live closer to Ogdensburg but would drive to Massena to avoid having to pay for parking.

12/9/2018 10:37 AM

Want a jet.

12/9/2018 9:33 AM


12/9/2018 9:31 AM

Flying south not to Boston

12/9/2018 9:29 AM

Most people are flying south or west from the north country, not east to Boston

12/9/2018 9:28 AM

They are the best ones for the job. We started with them and should be loyal to them and bring them back!

12/8/2018 11:00 PM

We need flights to Chicago and DC

12/8/2018 8:35 PM

Boutique has horrible customer service and part time hours. Cape Air flies planes older than I am. Let's not let the Massena Town Council's greed for fuel money and hangar rent continue to erode ridership out of Massena.

12/8/2018 7:14 PM

I prefer: Jets; no prop puddlejumpers. Whichever can provide the most destinations. Reasonable footroom and lean back seat backs. I will not be cooped up like hens in a henhouse.

12/8/2018 5:00 PM

More options for north country travelers just makes sense

12/8/2018 1:33 PM

It would be helpful to have all 3 as we are so isolated from other air services. Boutique to go to Boston. SkyWest to go to Chicago and Cape Air to go to Albany. It should not be an 'either/or' decision but an inclusive one. Thank you.

12/8/2018 12:53 PM

Skywest due to their destination of Washington DC...but the best to serve the North Country is the one with the best safety rating

12/8/2018 10:46 AM

Will be excellent service for the whole area.

12/8/2018 10:37 AM

We should be fortunate to have airlines that are even interested in serving our area and we should not portray to them arrogant feelings and entitlement , considering realistically of our meager economic population and /or routine local usage In actuality, if one took a clipboard poll, door to door in Massena and surrounding areas, I would make a predictable bet that 80% of the village and rural population never even have been to Boston or Albany or even NYC . Yes we should be fortunate to even be considered in the "running " to have an airport that is available to us in short proximity to metropolitan areas of that caliber !

12/8/2018 10:12 AM

It doesn't matter which one is selected, but Ogdensburg and Massena need to get on the same page and agree to share one. Having the ability to fly non-stop to the state capitol makes a lot of sense.

12/8/2018 9:52 AM

Skywest is not proposing any destination I want to fly to. United is not an airline i want to fly on as they are not reliable.

12/8/2018 8:31 AM

Boutique is the best value, I have no interest in flying on budget Skywest, and cape air seems to be poorly managed.

12/8/2018 12:52 AM

Looking for a flight into Pittsburgh

12/7/2018 6:38 PM

Very seldom fly east...always use auto travel to Albany and Boston. My airline travel is to the south and west, so Washington and Chicago destinations are MUCH more attractive for me. Larger planes are also preferable.

12/7/2018 5:05 PM

People want to fly on jets. They will drive to Syracuse or Albany to fly on a jet. Most people are afraid to fly on small planes. Massene Airport officials don't get it. Massena will never grow with this way of thinking

12/7/2018 2:29 PM

We need a flight from St. Lawrence County to New York City

12/7/2018 2:13 PM

From Boston you can connect to many places. Cape air makes most sense.

12/7/2018 12:15 PM

None of the above. What's wrong with a Philadelphia destination from Massena or Ogdensburg?? Philadelphia's airport is an international hub!! Right now, we must travel to Watertown to fly to Philadelphia!!

12/7/2018 11:13 AM

Decision makers need to keep in mind that when you live in an area where it is winter 9 months out of the year, you want to go south.

12/7/2018 10:11 AM

Cape Air has been a staple in the community and gives back as well. For all the people here who travel to Albany and Boston, whether for medical appointments, to visit family/friends, college kids going back and forth, or making a connection for a leisure trip, Cape Air is perfect. Donations they make to local schools and clubs, as well as sponsoring the Saranac Winterfest Fireworks, we won't get that kind of support from another airline.

12/7/2018 9:58 AM

Cape Air already flies from Ogdensburg and Saranac Lake to Boston. Chicago and DC would be net additions to the regional travel options. NYC would be better still.

12/7/2018 9:38 AM

I love Boutique Air and the service they provide. I live in Massena an want Boutique Air to stay around for a very long time. They are established here already and have reasonable prices along with great customer service.

12/7/2018 9:34 AM

Very friendly staff !

12/7/2018 9:22 AM

They have been the most reliable airline in the North Country

12/7/2018 9:21 AM

Please bring Cape Air back to Massena and keep them in Ogdensburg. The planes might not be the most modern but the service and realiability was much better than current. Thank you

12/7/2018 9:10 AM

Cape Air offers 3 round trips to Albany per day. You can continue on Cape Air to Boston. That means I can easily get to the South, West, North, East or anywhere in between. Cape Air employs more local people and rents downtown travel office space. Cape Air and it’s local employees give back to the community and understand the communities needs.

12/7/2018 9:00 AM

Great company and customer service.

12/7/2018 8:30 AM

Cape Air has always had better service and customer service. They came in and proved they were an airline that could work and invested into our community.

12/7/2018 8:25 AM

Jets versus props

12/7/2018 7:40 AM

When we fly, we have to go to either Syracuse or Rochester to get the quickest flights to the west coast. If we go anywhere else, there is a much higher price tag, plus mileage and motel.

12/6/2018 8:12 PM

More popular flying style, jets fly faster and higher.

12/6/2018 7:59 PM

Have flown Cape Air dozens of time to Albany. Can fly to Chicago or Wash D.C. from Albany.

12/6/2018 7:23 PM

Who cares? How about all the nice folks from Norfolk that are always getting arrested?? What a great place to live. It is a dump.

12/6/2018 6:09 PM

Larger planes, more comfortable & smoother flights!

12/6/2018 5:43 PM

Skywest is by far the best choice. They have shown growth in every market they enter, and could be a synergistic entrant into the North Country that relies heavily on tourism.

12/6/2018 5:03 PM

Massena board once again makes a bad call. Why would you deny NNY a 50 rather than 8 passenger way to a major airport ? Their decision is regressive. Next they will be charging for parking thus ending the only reason to fly out of Massena.

12/6/2018 4:02 PM

Would like to see another flight to Albany from massena. would also be nice to have a flight to Burlington..

12/6/2018 3:45 PM

Purportedly Essential Air Service (EAS) is a U.S. government program which guarantees so called under served communities subsidized commercial air service. Why would anyone need air service between Massena and Oberg? Any data about how many folks regularly fly out of the currently served airports now? For folks who consistently vote for so called "small government" Republicans hereabouts why do you think these subsidies are rational?

12/6/2018 3:24 PM

Chicago and DC are both major hubs. Flights to those airports could connect the North Country to major travel destinations.

12/6/2018 2:32 PM

Most of my travel is to the west, but I can understand going east also. To bad we don’t have enough population to do both.

12/6/2018 2:02 PM

Flights to larger hubs for connections. Regional Jet for more comfort and faster flight times.

12/6/2018 1:05 PM

I could care less who Ogdensburg picks; I'm glad Massena wasn't bullied into picking Skywest. I go to Boston, like a lot of people I've met on the Massena flights, for medical reasons and this is definitely convenient. who wants to go to Chicago and Washington? I don't see how they would fill a 50 passenger plane four times a day from this area unless they are banking on Canadian customers.

12/6/2018 12:30 PM

It is better to have jet service to grow into than the small planes used now. Massena has to start working WITH our neighbors, not opposing them. That is a large part of why our community is dying a slow death. Massena politicians think in small, selfish terms. This is another example.

12/6/2018 12:22 PM

Cape Air and Boutique are fine for people who want to sty in the northeast, but anyone wanting to make connections to anywhere west of Syracuse or south of Virginia is much better off with Skywest. The only flights I have taken have been to Orlando, Chicago, Philly, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis and Salt Lake. Albany and Boston would be useless.

12/6/2018 12:06 PM

Boutique does a nice job out of Massena. Adding additional destinations would be a plus. If Cape Air adds newer planes, keep them. Otherwise, Skywest

12/6/2018 10:43 AM

You can get anywhere from Dulles and O'hare. Guess I'll have to keep using Montreal and Syracuse.

12/6/2018 9:48 AM

Why does everything have to be a fight in the north country? lets have one regional airport. If every community had one very good venue, be it an cancer center, an arena for concerts, or whatever, we would have a much better way of life.

12/6/2018 9:35 AM

Better connections

12/6/2018 9:17 AM

Liked the albany flight.

12/6/2018 8:34 AM

None. I'm not a fan of talking "Global Warming" all the time, but the energy waste and physical pollution output by airplanes is enormous if you consider miles/gallon to transport people on these small planes. Drive to a larger airport if you must take a plane, and get on something more cost-efficient!

12/6/2018 8:09 AM

I like going to Chicago better than Boston

12/6/2018 7:33 AM

Any chance to have a 50 passenger jet in and out of SLC daily to Chicago and Washington DC would be a gift to our failing infrastructure , unfortunately the age old problem of competition haunts us instead of working together we end up with the short sited vision of everyone doing their own thing Very sad

12/6/2018 7:13 AM

DC is a much better destination for flights.

12/5/2018 10:02 PM

They would be using a bigger plane and can handle more people per flight.

12/5/2018 9:59 PM

This would be a welcome change to Ogdensburg

12/5/2018 8:36 PM

Airlines, airports and tickets are all heavily subsidized by our tax dollars, so these decisions should be made by American citizens. Also, foreigners who have not paid taxes should not be eligible for the subsidized ticket prices. Yes, the cost of tickets is lower in the United States because the citizens have paid the taxes that subsidize those tickets. Decisions about our transportation must be made in the best interest of the taxpayer, not as an attempt to cater to foreigners - they are not supporting local businesses, restaurants, hotels, etc. when the use our airports, they are just benefitting from my tax dollars to save money by not patronizing their own airports.

12/5/2018 8:13 PM

I think this would provide the best connections. But I honestly believe to offer the consumer more choices Ogdensburg and Massena should offer different destinations!

12/5/2018 7:22 PM

Connects us literally to the world .

12/5/2018 6:36 PM

People have to drive to Syracuse, Ottawa or further away to get flights that travel to the Southern or Western States. Often booking hotels as an added cost. Skywest will fly to hubs that will have greater access to more popular destinations direct from our County. This will save local people money and also boost the local economy with bigger jets than the puddle jumpers that fly out now. I support Skywest .

12/5/2018 6:13 PM

The north country would benefit greatly from a non stop daily flight to Chicago!

12/5/2018 3:34 PM

Actually I would use none of these. If I want to go to Florida I drive over to Ogdensburg and get on Allegiant. It's direct to where I want to go.

12/5/2018 2:34 PM

But, really what does it matter? Whatever airline gets the contract won't be here long before we hear that they are reducing flights or pulling out all together.

12/5/2018 2:00 PM

This situation reminds me of Laurel and Hardy's "March of the Wooden Soldiers," in which Santa Claus asks the two hapless toymakers to make 600 1-foot soldiers; instead they make 100 6-foot soldiers. Let's move this discussion where it belongs. We need one airport and three airlines, not three airports (if Potsdam is included, along with Ogdensburg and Massena) and one airline.

12/5/2018 1:57 PM

The Albany connection is critical to my using MSS airport!!

12/5/2018 1:39 PM

Going to Chicago in the winter would be nuts.

12/5/2018 12:18 PM

Why the hell are Federal taxpayers being forced to pay for useless little used services to tiny remote communities?

12/5/2018 12:17 PM

You are too late asking the question. The Town board selected Boutique Air.

12/5/2018 11:33 AM

This airline would allow accessible flights out of the NorthCountry which we do not have now.

12/5/2018 11:02 AM

Don't fly out of SLC

12/5/2018 9:28 AM

I would like to see an airline from Ogdensburg direct to Daytona.

12/5/2018 8:27 AM

Since I have children in Chicago I would love a fight from our area. Driving to Syracuse is not only time consuming but expensive if you combine to cost of parking and gas. To say nothing of the difficulties in getting there and back 4-5 months of the year.

12/5/2018 8:27 AM

EAS is a boondoggle.The market should decide where planes fly.

12/5/2018 8:03 AM

Boutique for Massena and Skywest for Ogdensburg

12/5/2018 8:01 AM

What is it going to solve travel problems where do most people go

12/5/2018 6:24 AM

They are proposing a direct flight to Boston daily

12/4/2018 10:00 PM

Would like to see service to Chicago, then I could easily fly to see relatives.

12/4/2018 9:51 PM

I flew once with Boutique and bad experience so now I go to Ogdensburg to fly with Cape Air.please bring them back

12/4/2018 8:13 PM

I prefer a small jet vs. single engine plan. Also the non stop flights are great!

12/4/2018 7:24 PM

Does it matter? I fly out of Syracuse, I don't to go to any of the other places, for connecting flights.

12/4/2018 6:42 PM

Currently to connect to the western half of the US, one must fly out of Syracuse - an extra 3-hour trip for most. Flying from Massena or Ogdensburg would cut this time in half.

12/4/2018 5:43 PM

Chicago is key that unlocks all the destinations not only in the US, but the world. It’s a no brainer.

12/4/2018 5:01 PM

I fly to the west, so going to Chicago is better for me. Going to Albany or Boston first is out of the way.

12/4/2018 3:45 PM

I would definitely be in favor of Boutique if they were to add flights to Baltimore.

12/4/2018 3:30 PM

Boutique dumped us last year when it wasn't "profitable" to go to Baltimore any longer. Why give them another chance to do it again? I sat at the Massena airport last Christmas eve waiting for a flight to come from Baltimore for over 6 hours!!! The plane that finally came was not working correctly. There were passengers waiting to go out on the flight for the same amount of time who had passed security, TSA agents sent back to Plattsburg, no dinner and could not have food delivered! Shameful and abusive!

12/4/2018 2:34 PM

If they would add Pittsburg. Otherwise cape air.

12/4/2018 12:25 PM

I want the direct flight to Pittsburgh.

12/4/2018 12:04 PM

I would love to see boutique stay with Massena but add the Baltimore flight again!

12/4/2018 11:04 AM

SkyWest. I've seen routes out on Cape Air that take more time (we're talking 17+ hour connections and flights) than it'd be to drive to where I want to go.

12/4/2018 10:27 AM

Cape Air and SkyWest are both desirable. I feel Boutique offers a duplicate service that can provided by Cape Air.

12/4/2018 9:57 AM

We need Pittsburgh and Baltimore and Albany

12/4/2018 9:37 AM

Boutique Air provides three daily round-trip flights to Boston; I fly this route weekly. The flights are comfortable, leave Massena on-time regularly, no change or cancellation fees, and customer service excellent. The schedule enables a morning departure and a same day return- so useful to patients receiving treatment in Boston. Boutique Air plans to set up a Massena maintenance facility, which will significantly contribute to its economy. SkyWest’s proposal is contingent upon Massena and Ogdensburg approving their bids. There will be no North Country flights to Boston, which will be a tremendous loss. This is used by patients to Boston hospitals, students to Boston colleges Boston, professionals to the Boston metropolis, and passengers making connections from Logan Airport, which has routes to hundreds of domestic and foreign destinations. The schedule makes it impossible to leave to Dulles or O’Hare and return on the same day. SkyWest flies 50-seat jets, which, to fly at full capacity, require 200 passengers to leave Massena and Ogdensburg daily. This is highly unlikely- low enplanements would result in SkyWest pulling out, leaving both airports without EAS. Cape Air proposes flying to Boston direct, or via Albany. The Town Council selected Boutique Air over Cape Air in 2017 due to delays and cancellations. Cape Air has not improved. I flew from Saranac Lake and Ogdensburg in Fall ‘17 with such bad experiences I switched to PenAir, driving another hour to Plattsburgh. The flights were delayed (sometimes cancelled) by 3 - 4 hours, for trivial reasons. Direct flights to Boston depend on Cape Air receiving new aircraft, uncertain to happen by April ’19. The current Cessna aircraft are uncomfortable, the cabins un-pressurized, and more weather-reliant than Boutique Air’s Pilatus planes.

12/4/2018 9:21 AM

Boutique, if they add the Baltimore flight, would be my first choice, followed by SkyWest.

12/4/2018 8:58 AM

Which ever will be best for the area!

12/4/2018 8:37 AM

Drive to Albany and Boston. Fly to Chicago & DC.

12/4/2018 8:30 AM

I fly from Montreal or Syracuse because the flights are cheaper. The Boston airport is never one listed in my flight plan... Albany, Chicago, Baltimore, and Washington, DC make sense... but not Boston.

12/4/2018 7:59 AM

Boutique doesn't leave Massena early enough to make connections. Cape Air is to small and slow.

12/4/2018 7:55 AM

My biggest complaint is that I have yet to fly out of Massena on time with either Boutique or Cape Air. I hope that by having larger aircraft that Skywest will prove to be better. I also find the price flying out of Massena to be cost prohibitive.

12/4/2018 5:45 AM

Offers transportation west to Chicago!

12/4/2018 5:40 AM

Boutique has alot of cancellations due to mechanical problems- or so they say

12/3/2018 8:46 PM

A bigger plans means more passengers!!!that has to be better!!

12/3/2018 7:50 PM

Absolutely Skywest has the most useful routes for connecting us to the rest of the world. West and south to major hubs, no in between puddle jumpers.

12/3/2018 7:45 PM

Love the direct flight to Boston because my daughter lives there,, also felt safer having a copilot on board

12/3/2018 6:38 PM

What a joke, if they carry drugs for Massena that is the only way they will make it in this hell hole town

12/3/2018 6:25 PM

Massena needs trips to Albany every day!

12/3/2018 6:00 PM

I only use Cape Air between Ogdensburg and Albany. That works for me.

12/3/2018 5:56 PM

Anywhere that flies to NYC or Long Island. Why can't someone fly there? Please? Or Newark even?

12/3/2018 4:35 PM

Is that a trick question? Duh!

12/3/2018 4:35 PM

Skywest is the no-brainer choice due to its superior connections in Washington DC and Chicago.

12/3/2018 4:33 PM

Boutique Air has been terrible with regard to customer service as well as flights that are cancelled or delayed on a frequent basis. Cape Air has excellent customer service.

12/3/2018 4:27 PM

Cape Air's planes are terrible to ride, I don't know much about Skywest so I picked Boutique. I like the planes types and I like that they could offer service to Baltimore, but they need to improve on times/service and have direct connections to other airlines.

12/3/2018 4:22 PM

Cape Air in Massena and Skywest in Ogdensburg.

12/3/2018 4:01 PM

Chicago and DC would be game-changing for the region. Very useful destinations as one can get you to the other side of the country and one gets you anywhere on the East Coast. Both are hubs for international flights. Both currently require a trip first to SYR now. Maybe having an airline affiliated with another major airline could also result in opportunities for other routes int he future.

12/3/2018 3:44 PM

Please keep Boston and Baltimore

12/3/2018 3:10 PM

By far the best option

12/3/2018 2:56 PM

Only Cape Air has displayed the long-term commitment to maintain the value of essential air service. And they are getting new planes that will be superior to the other fleets used.

12/3/2018 2:46 PM

Please keep Boston flights! Baltimore would be okay too.

12/3/2018 2:46 PM

Really there is not much choice between Die-West, Cape Scare and Bout-Leak... These Mickey Mouse airlines may be okay for puddle jumping down to Syracuse but are recycled planes really safe for long flights. I will take my chances flying out of a real airport. One with a conning tower preferably and qualified air traffic controllers.

12/3/2018 2:42 PM

Skywest...if you are able to book through United and get the customer service (or lack thereof) when you reach the connecting airport. I've had too many issues flying by either one of these carriers and then being left "hanging" when trying to get to my connection on one of the major carriers!

12/3/2018 2:31 PM

At least the cabin is pressurized not like Cape Air

12/3/2018 2:25 PM

Three attempts to fly Boston-Ogdensburg failed due to weather in Albany. Cape Air did not cancel flights; only delayed until the end of the day and the passengers were unable to get on any other flights. Direct flights to Boston from Massena are on time. A direct flight from Ogdensburg/Massena to Boston would be the best option, and most folks would be able to fly out of Boston to multiple destinations.

12/3/2018 2:11 PM

I like the idea of the larger planes and being able to book your end destination all together. It is inconvenient to book a flight to Albany or Boston and then have to use another airline to book your final destination flight.

12/3/2018 1:13 PM

If one of them would fly direct to Orlando, Florida, that would be the one I would take.

12/3/2018 12:50 PM

I enjoy the non stop service to Boston on Boutique Air - having a college student in the Boston area make it a nice way to get the students home.

12/3/2018 12:49 PM

It seems not right to have the same flights from both Massena and Ogdensburg. They are too close together. There should be different destinations from each airport which would offer more choice for the flier, and more chance of fuller planes for the airlines. Common sense.

12/3/2018 12:46 PM

Cape Air is the only carrier that in all probability is in for the long haul . They're base of operation is located within a reasonable distance of OGS/MSS which can be extremely important when taking into consideration maintenance, crew scheduling and cold climate issues . The other interested carriers are only in for the essential air service contract. Refer to the past history of other carriers serving this area for proof of my claim.

12/3/2018 12:44 PM

For people traveling West, it would make more sense to be able to make a connecting flight out of Chicago rather than Boston or Baltimore

12/3/2018 12:33 PM

Skywest offers the flexibility of flights going both east and west.

12/3/2018 12:27 PM

Any are fine, as long as the rates are reasonable and the flights are safe and reliable.

12/3/2018 11:25 AM

None! Why is there not a place to mark none? Go to Watertown. They have better service! Why no flights to TN. or KY or anywhere West?

12/3/2018 10:55 AM

Cape Air is first class all the way. Always has been. Boutique announces they have a bathroom on board BUT in the same announcement recommend no one use it as everyone will smell whatever you did in there. Why have it all then?

12/3/2018 10:45 AM

Cape Air is on time and doesn't turn you away, unlike Boutique. Would love to see direct flights from MSS to BOS and WAS, just hope that they are cheap!

12/3/2018 10:42 AM

Cape Air is unreliable because they cancel too many flights. I would like to be able to fly to Boston.

12/3/2018 10:13 AM

Having jet plane service out of both Massena and Ogdensburg, connecting to major hubs, will boost the economy of the north country.Something we all know is needed. I currently drive to Ottawa for all of my air travel.

12/3/2018 9:51 AM

Who cares , there is nothing left here in Massena. Unless you are stopping over to shop Walmart , take in the sites of our newly renovated down town stores / freshly painted board up mess . Or the fenced airport house fix that was supposed to be to high of a structure to be that close to the airport. Another miraculous Massena fix.

12/3/2018 9:46 AM

It would be good to see a new airline come in with other major destinations, but we don't need one airline doing the same flights out of Ogdensburg and Massena. Cape Air should continue to be able to offer flights to Boston and Albany out of one or the other.

12/3/2018 9:43 AM

None of the above. We're funding all this with taxpayers money so we can have far too many dinky airports within an hours drive of each other. It's nuts. We have Ottawa an hour north of Oburg, which as an airport as horu from Massena and Watertown which also have airports. Why? Why put millions and millions into this? Pick one freakin' airport on the US side and live with it!

12/3/2018 9:34 AM

None. Don't tell me progress requires flying. Airlines contribute more to climate change than anything else, and frivolous flying -- anything but absolute necessity like medical emergencies -- should be a crime. Bring back trains, canals, increase shipping, and build up public transportation. You don't need to fly.

12/3/2018 8:55 AM

I don't really care, since I have not flown anywhere in 20 years. I don't think that taxpayer $ should be used to subsidize these flights.

12/3/2018 8:43 AM

Between the 2 airports there are many more connections available this way.

12/3/2018 8:21 AM

I chose Skywest because I'd like the Chicago connection. At the same time, it's a real pain to keep switching carriers and disrupting the offerings

12/3/2018 8:18 AM

It's a toss up!

12/3/2018 8:15 AM

Do not fly

12/3/2018 8:04 AM

Bigger planes to better airports for connections