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Improvements continue at Plattsburgh International

Other improvements to be seen at the airport include an expansion of the existing parking lot. Three hundred additional parking spaces are in the process of being created, said Brown, which will further make room for an anticipated increase in airline passengers. The spaces are currently behind fencing and once the fencing is moved within the next two weeks, they will be open for use.

"We haven't really hit the peak number of flights, so we certainly are going to need the additional parking spaces," said Brown.

On the general aviation side, Brown added, additional hangar space is being constructed for private jets and other general aviation aircraft. That construction is expected to be complete next summer 2009.

Michele Powers, vice president of marketing for the Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce, said the improvements for the airport signify the potential she and others expected to see at the airport once it was in operation.

"We knew this was going to happen; I think we were just surprised how quickly it happened," said Powers. "We knew the market was there and the fact that we're already having to make upgrades to the airport is really exciting. It's a good problem to have."

In a press conference held last month by the chamber of commerce, it was announced the airport expects to see 60,000 enplanements by the end of this year. That figure is a significant increase from the last full year of operation at the former Clinton County Airport in 2007, which saw 2,500 enplanements.

"The passengers seemed thrilled about the level of service coming out of this airport," said Brown.

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