Stewart loses major airline

The Stewart passenger terminal in April 1990 welcomed American, the first airline to provide commercial service.

STEWART AIRPORT – American Airlines was the first commercial carrier to provide regularly scheduled service to New York Stewart International Airport on April 17, 1990, and now, it has withdrawn its service to the Mid-Hudson Valley airport.

The airline suspended its flights in October as it awaited aid from the federal payroll support program.

But, the company determined the Stewart service was not “financially viable… for the foreseeable future.”

Therefore, American will not be returning to Stewart, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, or New Haven, Connecticut, spokesman Brian Metham told Mid-Hudson News.

He termed the decision to terminate the service “difficult.”

When American began the commercial Stewart service, it operated routes to Chicago and Raleigh-Durham. In the years that followed, both of those routes were terminated and in recent years when American merged with US Airways, it continued the Stewart to Philadelphia route until the COVID-19 pandemic crippled the travel industry earlier this year.



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