Port Authority chief predicts Stewart airline growth post-COVID

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STEWART AIRPORT – The executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey predicts airline growth at New York Stewart International Airport post-COVID.

Rick Cotton acknowledges while airlines have tightened their belts since the pandemic struck, they will be critical in their selection of new markets, and he believes the Hudson Valley will be one of them.

“This is a tougher environment for them, but it means they don’t want to miss a cluster of critical mass of travelers who would be interested in buying tickets in some of these secondary routes,” he said.

Regional economic development officials are counting on new attractions like Legoland and existing facilities like Resorts World Catskills and the adjacent waterpark to be factors that will entice airlines to grow service in the region.