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April 24, 2014

New service to Atlantic City begins

Plane takes off at full capacity

PLATTSBURGH — A new flight service to Atlantic City began Wednesday from Plattsburgh International Airport, and county officials are confident it will fill a need.

“Anything we can get in here will help because people want to go places, and the more opportunities we can provide, the better it will be for the airport,” Clinton County Legislature Chairman Sam Dyer (R-Area 3, Beekmantown) said at a news conference.

FIRST TRIP FULL

Dyer and others were on hand to see off the first flight to Atlantic City chartered by Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City.

The 90-passenger jet was full as it took off at about 10:30 a.m.

Caesars Entertainment is offering a nonstop-flight package that includes round-trip airfare, a three-night stay at Harrah’s Resort, two passes to the Waterfront Buffet and airport transfers, starting at $299 per person.

“It’s pretty much all inclusive, wrapped up with a nice ribbon on it,” said Kristy Kennedy, vice president of marketing at the Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce.

CANADIAN INTEREST

The chamber has been working to attract more specialty flights to the airport since Allegiant Air announced earlier this year that it would stop direct flights to Las Vegas from Plattsburgh at the end of March.

Kennedy said the chamber has received many inquires about the Atlantic City flight since it was announced earlier this month.

“The response has been overwhelming,” she said.

“There was a lot of interest from the Montreal market, and we are very excited to have this service starting.”

SUMMER FLIGHTS

Caesars Entertainment will offer the Atlantic City package once a month for May, June, July and August.

The next trip is planned for May 10 through 12, and the one after is slated for June 9 to 12. Details for the July and August trips are still in the works.

“Hopefully, this will become a regular flight,” Kennedy said.

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