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April 24, 2014

New service to Atlantic City begins

Plane takes off at full capacity

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PLATTSBURGH —

“We think the demand is there.”

‘IT’S PERFECT’

Although Caesars officials were not at the airport Wednesday, they issued a statement touting the service.

“In this extremely competitive marketplace, it is essential that we as an entertainment and hospitality company align ourselves with outstanding partners such as Plattsburgh International Airport,” Scott Barber, regional president of Caesars Entertainment’s Mid-South Division, said.

“It is our end-all-be-all goal to elevate the guest experience in our customer-first industry, so it is with that ideal in mind that we set forth and offer the general public flights to and from a coastal destination as magnificent as Atlantic City.”

Plattsburgh resident Bob Blanchard, a frequent visitor to Atlantic City, showed up at the airport to learn more about the flight.

“This is great not only for people from Montreal but for local people too,” Blanchard, 61, said.

“I think it’s perfect.”

OPPORTUNITIES

Airport Manager Chris Kreig said when the Las Vegas route ended, he sensed there would be interest in an Atlantic City flight.

“I asked people if they would be interested in it, and we got a lot of positive feedback,” he said.

Atlantic City will be a popular destination, Kreig said, because it offers a lot for visitors.

“They don’t just have to go to a casino; they can go to shows, eat at nice restaurants, travel to Philadelphia if they want, and there is a lot of entertainment there.

“This is what we wanted to do — provide more opportunities for the community and the region.”

Email Joe LoTemplio:jlotemplio@pressrepublican.com

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