By Joey Gerardi
SkyWest Adds Flights to Two New York EAS Airports
Plattsburgh and Ogdensburg, two airports in northern New York state, have been in aviation news a substantial amount in the past three months. Both are Essential Air Service cities, and in mid-January 2022, SkyWest announced it would be terminating service to these communities in 90 days, a proposal that was swiftly rejected by the DOT until a replacement carrier could be found.It wasn’t known at the time, but it was just the start, as SkyWest would go on to announce the requested termination of 29 additional EAS communities just two months later.
The two communities weren’t the only cities that would face the wrath of air service cuts, but they were the first two in the EAS community. Both airports had weekly round-trip flights reduced from 12 to just seven apiece, amounting to only a single daily flight from each community to Washington D.C.’s Dulles International Airport. Now, in a very peculiar turn of events, Skywest has announced it will increase flights to both cities and add a new destination, but for only for two months.
First announced by the local online news platform, NNY360, this new increased service will start on May 2 and run until June 27, and will include twice-per-week flights operating on Mondays and Fridays. On those two weekdays, the aircraft used on the route will begin its day in Chicago, flying nonstop from O’Hare International Airport to Ogdensburg. From there, the aircraft will fly nonstop between Ogdensburg and Plattsburgh and again in reverse, before finally returning to Chicago from Ogdensburg in the late afternoon.
The nonstop flights from both airports to Dulles will remain unchanged at seven per week. This will bring Ogdensburg’s weekly flights up to 11 — seven to Dulles, two to Chicago O’Hare, and two to Plattsburgh. On the other side of the state, Plattsburgh will have nine weekly flights — seven to Washington Dulles, and two to Ogdensburg. While the Chicago link is new for Plattsburgh, it isn’t for Ogdensburg, as that city had nonstop flights to Chicago up until August 2021.
The flight between Plattsburgh and Ogdensburg would cut a nearly 2-hour 30-minute drive down to a near 50-minute flight. The Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority did not respond to a request for comment.