PLATTSBURGH - Plattsburgh International Airport has unveiled a number of new bilingual signs throughout the airport site.
The Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce, which oversees marketing and development at the airport. has continued to refer to the local airport as "Montreal's U.S. Airport" since passenger air service began in 2007.
"Plattsburgh foresees continued growth in the years ahead as a low-cost, secondary airport serving southern Quebec as well as northern New York," stated chamber of commerce president Garry F. Douglas. "Eighty-five percent of our passengers are coming from Quebec, and we are committed to making our airport as welcoming and user- friendly as possible for our Quebec customers."
The Plattsburgh terminal has featured bilingual signage from since its opening, and has since persuaded the New York State Transportation Department to install bilingual airport signs on Interstate 87 as well.
"Our growth has been so strong that we already have had to undertake a major expansion and reconfiguration of our parking lot," noted Douglas, "and we have taken the opportunity to install extensive bilingual signage in the parking areas."
Plattsburgh International was created from the massive aviation facilities of the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base. The U.S. government has provided more than $80 million for conversion of the former base to new civilian use, and is already funding designs for a major terminal expansion expected to be constructed in 2011 in response to the strong demand for service.
For more information, or to register for the airport's monthly bilingual e-newsletter, visit www.flyplattsburgh.com.