SCHUMER, IN PERSONAL MEETING WITH BREEZE AIRWAYS CEO, URGES BREEZE AIRWAYS TO LAUNCH ITS FIRST UPSTATE NY SERVICE OUT OF SYRACUSE; WITH CNY’S GROWING TECH ECONOMY & THRIVING AIRPORT, SCHUMER SAYS HANCOCK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IS UNIQUELY POSITIONED & READY FOR TAKE OFF WITH NEW AIR SERVICE TO UNSERVED MARKETS
Senator Says The Time Is Right To Make A Bold Investment In Upstate And Expand CNY Air Service To Unserved High Demand Areas
As Pandemic Economic Recovery Enters Full Swing, Breeze Airways Has Chance To Expand Service And Benefit From Region’s Takeoff By Establishing A Presence At Syracuse Hancock Intl Airport
Schumer to Breeze: New Routes Should Take Flight In Syracuse!
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, in a personal meeting with Breeze Airways CEO David Neeleman, urged Breeze Airways to establish its presence in Upstate New York for the first time by launching service out of Syracuse Hancock International Airport to unserved, high demand areas – particularly on the West Coast and in the Southeast. Schumer highlighted Central New York’s growing tech economy and the region’s thriving airport as proof that establishing service in Syracuse would be a win-win. Schumer said these additional options would boost competition, availability of low-cost flights, and connectivity for travelers and businesses in Central New York. Schumer added that landing Breeze in Syracuse would build on the airport’s recent success in luring new airlines and routes.
“I applaud Hancock leadership, board and staff for their work bringing the airport to new heights in recent years and I’ve always worked closely with them to bring affordable air service to Central New York because it can help the local economy take off and connect the region with the rest of the world,” said Senator Schumer. “Like all of us, airlines have spent the last year buckled down. Now as Central New York’s economy continues to recover and the prospects of its cutting-edge tech industry soar, there is no better time for Breeze Airways to establish its presence in Upstate New York by landing in Syracuse. I made it clear to Breeze in our meeting that they will find no better partner than Hancock International Airport to help their airline grow.”
Schumer has a long history of fighting for new affordable air service to Upstate New York. Last year, working closely with airport officials and after a personal call to the CEO, Schumer convinced Southwest Airlines to establish service out of Syracuse Hancock International Airport for the first time. Schumer has also fought to bring new airlines and routes to Upstate New York cities, including JetBlue to Buffalo, Albany, Syracuse and Rochester. Since the start of the pandemic, Schumer has delivered over $1.3 billion for New York’s airports, including over $418 million in the American Rescue Plan, and over $937 million in the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Law. Hancock International Airport received $12.2 million from the American Rescue Plan and $27 million over 5 years from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Law. Schumer added that Hancock had record passenger traffic before the pandemic and will look to build on that success at the economy recovers.