ITHACA (WSKG) - All American Airlines aircraft using the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport are now jet powered. This means American Airline flights will no longer use propeller planes, making them faster, quieter, and more reliable. United Airlines will soon follow suit, making Ithaca’s airport entirely jet-serviced by year’s end.
This month, the airport also won a Statewide Opportunities for Airport Revitalization grant. The $250,000 will be be spent on marketing. Airport director Mike Hall says the grant is well timed and should help promote their new jet services.
“We’re really fortunate to have this coming together right now because there have been a lot of developments in the past few months, specifically the withdrawal from Elmira and Binghamton by both American and United,” said Hall.
Each year, the airport generates over $30-million in revenue and serves over 200,000 passengers. With the new jet-serviced planes, Hall predicts increases in both categories.
“We use this money, among other things, to help our neighboring communities understand that there is still service nearby if they want to take advantage of it,” said Hall.
The Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport is now the Southern Tier’s hub for American and United Airline flights. Currently, the only major airline departing out of Elmira and Binghamton is Delta.