STEWART AIRPORT – American Airlines, which withdrew its service from New York Stewart International Airport at Newburgh some months ago when federal COVID-19 aid expired, is back flying its Newburgh to Philadelphia route.
The service resumed on Tuesday, January 5 with one daily flight.
“We ‘re always evaluating our network based on supply and demand,” said American Airlines spokeswoman Nichelle Tait. “In light of the extension of the Payroll Support Program, we plan to reinstate service to Stewart International airport in Newburgh, NY and will continue to operate to Philadelphia International Airport on an Embraer ERJ-45.”
Orange County Chamber of Commerce President Lynn Cione said this provides a renewed sense of hope for Stewart.
“This is a sign of recovery. This is a sign that things are looking up. This is a sign that better days are ahead for us, and for American Airlines, which is a legacy airline, it is also an extremely stable airline. So, for them to see the value here is a sign that others may follow,” she said.
The Philly service is one flight per day. In the past, there have been as many as five daily flights aboard regional jets. The flights were originally provided by US Airways, but that airline was merged into American in recent years.
Jet Blue and Delta Airlines, which also suspended service during the pandemic, have not returned at this point. Only Allegiant Air continued its flights from Stewart, with a reduced schedule.