FARNBOROUGH, England Plattsburgh International Airport will be an exhibitor for the first time at the Farnborough International Air Show next week from July 14-20. The air show takes place every two years in Farnborough, a village just outside the city of London, alternating with the Paris Air Show. It is now the largest gathering of global aviation and aerospace interests in the world, attracting more than 140,000 trade attendees over a seven-day period. The Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce will be staffing the booth and representing Plattsburgh International Airport at the event. The airport exhibit will be part of a New York State group of six companies and organizations, supported by Empire State Development, and will be located in the U.S. Pavilion. It will be one of more than 1,500 exhibits and booths at the show. "As we position ourselves as Montreal's U.S. airport, and a new option for aerospace companies in need of locations in North America, we must build awareness and relationships over time," stated chamber president Garry F. Douglas. "While huge in some respects, we've learned that the aviation and aerospace sector is also a close-knit and very interconnected community. They need to see you over time to know that you are serious, and the seeds of awareness planted today may bring a return several years from now when a company finally needs what we have." According to Douglas, an aggressive marketing program has created broad awareness of Plattsburgh International Airport in U.S. and Canadian circles, leading to a decision it is now time to start creating awareness globally. In addition to exhibiting at the show, the chamber will be taking part in a number of networking events and is looking to set up as many side meetings as possible. "Some of our Montreal aerospace friends have facilitated a couple of very interesting meetings for us while we are there," stated Douglas, "and I know we'll be returning with a large number of valuable new contacts for the future." Plattsburgh International is a multi-purpose airport and aerospace park created from the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base. Located one hour south of downtown Montreal, it is being marketed and developed as "Montreal's U.S. Airport." Its massive and flexible facilities include a 12,000-foot concrete runway, a 12 million-square-foot concrete apron, and a variety of aviation structures including hangars ranging from 28,000-square-feet to 144,000-square-feet. It also features a new passenger terminal opened just one year ago and now successfully attracting new air service to Plattsburgh as a secondary airport for Montreal and southern Quebec. It has no curfews or other special restrictions, and offers a comprehensive workforce support system and attractive development incentives and benefits. For more information on Plattsburgh International Airport, visit www.flyplattsburgh.com. For more information regarding the Farnborough International Air Show, visit www.farnborough.com. Attendees of the air show are invited to visit the Plattsburgh International Airport exhibit in Hall 3, Booth 22.