PLATTSBURGH The next phase in transportation development has begun at Plattsburgh International Airport, and its starting at the ground level. In a press conference held at the airport Monday morning, Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce president Garry F. Douglas announced dedicated bus service from Montreal to the airport terminal in Plattsburgh has begun. The service, offered through Adirondack Trailways and Greyhound bus lines, officially began June 24 as part of the bus lines Montreal-New York City route. Douglas stated regular bus service was the next logical step in strengthening the connection between the airport and the Canadian market, which already accounts for the majority of enplanments that leave Plattsburgh International. We are the subject of cocktail and barbecue conversations across Montreal, Douglas said. They are watching everything that occurs here and theyll be watching the news that is being made here today ... Yogi Berra once said, We have deep depth, and our depth of connections with Montreal is going to grow considerably today. In a statement from Clinton County Planning Department director Rodney L. Brown, the director said the county is pleased with the development and the newly-announced bus service will provide a good alternative to those passengers that desire to leave their cars at home, especially given the current climate of high gas prices. Airport manager Christopher D. Kreig said the desire is already there, given the communication he has had with customers so far. This has been an ongoing topic of discussion for our customers coming through the airport from Canada, Kreig said of establishing bus service. I have e-mails, I have phone calls, I have letters asking when we are going to have bus service ... Im glad to be able to tell them we now have it. Its a desirable alternative to them, especially in the challenging times were are in, not only in the airline industry but with rising fuel prices. While the airline industry in general is facing harder economic times, Douglas said he believes air service at Plattsburgh International will broaden in the months and years ahead. In recent conversations with air carriers, Douglas said the Plattsburgh airport is still of interest to several of them who have us at the top of the list when they are ready to reexamine expanding operations. Were in a very challenging time right now for the airlines, trying to circle around and figure out how theyre going to deal with severely escalating fuel prices. Theyre in a holding pattern for decisions about future routes and business growth, said Douglas. But, we have every reason to continue to be very optimistic about the future of air service development here and the new services that we will be bringing not only to our folks here in the North Country, but to our friends in Montreal. We continue to be on their radar and we are very well-positioned for that inevitable time, whenever we come out of that tunnel of waiting and adjusting, when we will see a continued development of service here, he added. We are very pleased to be here today. This is a very beautiful airport. I have seen many, and this is a class act, said Greyhound area sales manager Donald R. Broska. We know that this airport is going to grow. Plattsburgh is Montreals U.S. airport, said Adirondack Trailways consultant Paul Provost, coining a familiar phrase used to identify Plattsburgh International. The new bus service leaves Montreal daily at 7 a.m. and 2:05 p.m. The route also includes service from the Montreal suburb of Longueuil at 2:20 p.m. The service from Plattsburgh International Airport leaves daily at 12 and 8 p.m., arriving in Montreal two hours later and in Longueuil at 9:50 p.m. The cost of a one-way ticket is $20 or $40 round-trip.