E-C Airport to offer flights to NYC

John Zick
Elmira-Corning Regional Airport manager Ann Crook and Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announce Friday the airport will add direct service to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City beginning June 7.

The Elmira-Corning Regional Airport will add daily jet service to New York City beginning in June.

Once a day beginning June 7, a 50-seat Delta Airlines jet will fly directly from Elmira-Corning to John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, the busiest North American airport for international travel. There will also be daily return flights.

Officials said they did not know what time the daily flights would depart or arrive, but the flights are expected to occur at the same time each day.

Tickets go on sale today, and flight times are expected to be available at the time of purchase, officials said.

The cost of the flights wasn’t immediately available, but that, too, will be available today, officials said.

“The No. 1 request I get from our community for new service is for a direct flight to New York City,” Elmira-Corning Regional Airport manager Ann Crook said. “Now we’ve got it.”

JFK is one of three major airports – LaGuardia and Newark are the others – in the New York City metropolitan area. It offers flights to more than 50 countries.

“We have been working for a long time to bring service to New York City to (the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport),” Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli said. “This once-daily flight will be utilized by both business and leisure travelers, including those traveling internationally.”

Not only does the new service open up the New York and international markets to local travelers, but the flights are expected to attract more tourists to the Finger Lakes.

“Finger Lakes Wine Country will be both nationally and internationally accessible as a world-class wine region,” stated Morgen McLaughlin, president of Finger Lakes Wine Country Tourism Marketing Association. “New York City is a major market for Finger Lakes Wine Country, and to have direct service makes traveling to our region much easier and convenient for their residents. In addition, New York City is an international gateway for travelers from around the globe.”

New York City will be the Big Flats airport’s fourth nonstop commercial destination. The airport currently operates multiple daily flights to and from Philadelphia and Detroit, and several times a week, the airport offers direct service to Orlando, Fla.

Last year, the airport added direct flights to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., but those flights have been discontinued because of low passenger numbers.

Additional destinations are expected to be added in the coming years. Officials wouldnft speculate on where, but they said the rapid growth of the airport makes it attractive to airlines.