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SkyWest pulls flights from Plattsburgh International Airport

Published: Jan. 13, 2022 at 6:43 PM EST
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PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (WCAX) - SkyWest announced Thursday it is leaving Plattsburgh International Airport.

The airline flies twice a day from Plattsburgh to Dulles International Airport in Washington D.C. It gave its 90-day departure notice to the U.S. Department of Transportation. In a statement, SkyWest says its reasons for leaving the airport stems from staffing challenges from the omicron surge.

Skywest in 2018 won the federal bid to provide Essential Air Service, which pays airlines to serve areas with smaller populations. Since then, 89,000 passengers have flown in and out of Plattsburgh using it.

SkyWest says it will offer its Plattsburgh ground employees various options, including transfers within the company.

In a statement Friday, Assemblyman Billy Jones, D-Chateaugay Lake, called the move disappointing. ”Between tourism and business opportunities across the North Country, we’ve proven that there is a need for this flight, and I am confident that another airline will come to the Plattsburgh International Airport. I stand ready to work with local officials moving forward to highlight the great opportunities that the North Country offers to airlines,” he said.

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