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Senate to decide on rural air subsidies this week

"The EAS program is a vital lifeline for smaller airports across rural New York," she said. "It promotes economic growth and job creation in many communities that desperately need it."

Currently, the two airports serving the Tri-Lakes region - the Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Clear and the Lake Placid Airport - receive nearly $1.36 million in federal subsidies.

The Plattsburgh International Airport - which has doubled its capacity in recent years - gets about $1.38 million through the Essential Air Service program.

Combined, the airports in Massena and Ogdensburg get more than $2.6 million from the federal government.

The EAS program debuted more than three decades ago following the deregulation of the airline industry.

According to Senator Schumer, deregulation led to a "scarcity" of air service in rural areas across the nation. The federal subsidy program for small airports secured that access to air travel in more than 140 communities, Schumer says.

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