SCHUMER, AFTER HELPING LAND BREEZE AIRWAYS IN PLATTSBURGH EARLIER THIS YEAR, APPLAUDS NEW EXPANDED SERVICE WITH SEASONAL FLIGHTS TO TAMPA
After his continued advocacy helped land Breeze Airways in Plattsburgh earlier this year, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer today applauded Breeze’s announcement of new expanded service out of Plattsburgh International Airport with seasonal flights to Tampa, Florida.
"I am thrilled that Breeze Airways is spreading its wings and expanding its service in the North Country with additional seasonal flights to sunny Tampa, Florida,” said Senator Schumer. “Breeze Airways continued expansion in Upstate New York is blowing a gust of fresh air into new affordable air service for Plattsburgh and families across the North Country. The federal funds I have worked hard to deliver will keep Plattsburgh International in stellar shape, and I am glad that Breeze has decided to further expand its North Country service.”
“The addition of Tampa service points to the strength of the Plattsburgh-Montreal market and continued opportunities for expanding air service in the region,” said Christopher Krieg, Airport Director, Plattsburgh International Airport. “We appreciate Breeze Airway’s continued partnership with Clinton County and the ongoing support and advocacy our elected officials provide to the North Country.”
Schumer has been a longtime advocate of Plattsburgh International Airport. Over the past few years alone, he’s secured over $9.8 million in federal funding for the regional hub, delivering $7.6 million in his Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act, as well as $2.2 million in the American Rescue Plan.
Schumer has long fought long and hard to bring affordable air services like Breeze Airways to Upstate New York. Last year, Schumer brought Breeze Airways to Upstate New York for the first time after launching a major push for the airline to establish service out of Syracuse Hancock International Airport to unserved, high demand areas. Additionally, Schumer helped Breeze land at its second Upstate NY airport earlier this year, launching the airline’s service at Plattsburgh International Airport. But Senator Schumer’s first major victory on that front came in 1999 when he successfully advocated for Southwest to start flights from Albany. Southwest’s decision led many other carriers to begin servicing airports across the state that previously were not considered viable. Since then, Schumer has fought to bring new airlines and routes to Upstate New York cities, including JetBlue to Buffalo, Albany, Syracuse and Rochester.