Soon travelers will be able to fly out of the Elmira Corning Regional Airport, to its new hub at Newark Liberty International.
“We promised the community this when we lost American and lost Philadelphia, that we were going to come with another hub, and I believe the hub we have now with Newark is as good as it gets,” Tom Santulli, Chemung County Executive said.
In February of last year, American Airlines discontinued flights out of the Elmira Corning Airport.
“Shortly after American stopped services, I got a call from a lady in Pennsylvania, that was just beside herself because her husband could not get to Midland, Texas,” Bill Hopper, Director of Aviation, said. “I looked it up, and you can now get to Midland, Texas.”
Hopper says the new hub will open up options for travelers. Starting in April, United Airlines will have two daily flights going to Newark at 6 A.M. and 6 P.M.
“It’s going to be great for the community, for those that fly internationally, for business, or for pleasure,” Santulli said.
The new hub is part of the airport’s $58 Million renovation. Its expected completion date is October 2018.
“It’s interesting, one thing drives another, as you drive in new destinations, our employments will go up,” Mike Krusen, President of the Southern Tier Economic Growth said.
Krusen says when employment goes up, they will have opportunities to look at other destinations, and maybe even another hub.