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June 14, 2014

Cape Air cancels service

LAKE CLEAR — The new Cape Air service planned from here to Westchester County and the New York City region has been canceled.

The airline had announced in April the addition of one daily flight from Adirondack Regional Airport to Westchester County Airport in White Plains.

The flight was widely welcomed in a region where people have long called for an air route to the New York City area.

The new schedule was set to begin June 26 and operate six days a week.

“They’re still going to fly flights that have some seats booked,” Lake Clear Airport Manager Corey Hurwitch said Friday. 

“Anyone who had already booked, those flights are still going to go.”

The airline’s Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations Trish Lorino, based in Hyannis, Mass., said Friday that they responded to community interest, but demand just wasn’t there.

 “If demand grows, in the future, we will continue to explore that as a possible route,” Lorino said.

LOW BOOKINGS

The reason for cancellation was likely due in part to low numbers of early reservations, Hurwitch said.

“We’re not sure why it wasn’t successful. Everyone said they wanted it, but the numbers didn’t show it.”

The White Plains trip was not part of Cape Air’s federally supported Essential Air Service plan, which tapers costs to consumers.

The company had asked for federal support to add the Lake Clear-White Plains trip but was denied funding.

UNSUBSIDIZED 

The cost of unsubsidized airplane flights to White Plains was more than $250 one way. 

A book of 10 tickets priced for commuter discount between Saranac Lake and White Plains was still promoted on Cape Air’s reservation website Friday for $2,899, or about $290 one way.

June 27 tickets from Saranac Lake to Westchester were available for reservations, and the site indicated the cost as $252 one way. A June 29 flight also apparently had available seats, according to the website Friday.

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