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March 7, 2014

County gets no bids for airport hotel

Clinton County legislators to revamp specifications for project, try again

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PLATTSBURGH —

While the airport has done well, there have been some recent concerns regarding one of its tenants, Allegiant Air.

Allegiant recently began operating twice-weekly flights to Orlando from Burlington International Airport in Vermont — in direct competition with flights they offer to Florida from Plattsburgh.

Allegiant also announced that it will end its direct service from Plattsburgh to Las Vegas on March 17. Since December 2012, the airline had flown two weekly flights to Las Vegas on 757 jets that seated 233 passengers.

The flights averaged about 190 passengers, but the airline restructured its routes and decided to end the service.

Dame said developers should not be put off by Allegiant’s decisions.

“The airport is going to have ups and downs over the long term, and you can’t just go by a small snapshot of what is going on now,” Dame said.

“There are a lot of airlines out there that will be looking at this airport, and you have to look long term.”

ZONING CHANGE

The parcel the county wants to use for the airport that is located in the City of Plattsburgh is not zoned to allow that use, so the city is working on changing its zoning laws to allow for a hotel.

Mayor James Calnon said that effort will continue.

“We are still committed to doing that, and I think we will make that change,” he said.

“We still think it is a good project.”

The city will hold a public hearing on the zoning change at next Thursday’s Common Council meeting.

Email Joe LoTemplio:jlotemplio@pressrepublican.com

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