PLATTSBURGH - There's new nonstop air service to and from Boston through Plattsburgh International Airport.
Colgan Air Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pinnacle Airlines Corp. based in Memphis, Tenn., is now offering daily flights to and from Boston's Logan International Airport. The air service provider, which utilizes U.S. Airways Express Service, marked its first official flight June 24.
Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce president Garry F. Douglas, who regularly refers to Plattsburgh International as "Montreal's U.S. airport" due to its high volume of Canadian customers, said while people north of the border will benefit from Colgan Air service, it will ultimately help those living in the North Country.
"Some say we're doing this for Montreal. We're actually doing this for ourselves," Douglas said during a press conference Thursday. "[Canadian customers] are the pathway to get us service that we can then enjoy, whether it's to Fort Lauderdale or Boston."
Susan Gonyea, who resides in both Plattsburgh and Daytona Beach, Fla., said she is one such person in the North Country to enjoy air service from Plattsburgh International.
"It's very convenient," said Gonyea. "I'm used to using Delta and flying out of Albany. I'm hoping it's a success."
Having connecting air service through Boston to Daytona Beach by way of Plattsburgh International is something she considers very beneficial.
"It's very good. I'm 10 minutes from the airport here and 10 minutes from the airport in Daytona Beach," said Gonyea. "I can't beat that at all."
The new air service provider will even benefit organizations out of the county, said Douglas. The Olympic Regional Development Authority and the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism, both located in Lake Placid, have been contributing toward development of Plattsburgh International and attracting air service providers with one thing in mind, he said.
"They have always understood that these are the kind of services that are going to move Lake Placid from being just a road destination to finally being able to reach out to group travel, to reach out to national and even international markets," said Douglas.