Airport waste
Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 7:23 am

Boeing 737’s are being operated in both passenger and cargo service at airports with runways under 5,000 feet. The current runway at Ogdensburg airport is 5,200 feet in length and 150 feet wide. Why is $10 million of taxpayer money being wasted to expand a runway currently capable of handling several midsize and single aisle large jets? If the demand were there for the flights, the flights would already be taking place. The consumer demand simply is not there. Why are essential air service flights operated out of Massena, Ogdensburg, and Saranac Lake? Each flight to our area airports costs the taxpayers approximately $1,600, multiplied by several flights a day. Wouldn’t the taxpayer be better served if we combined service at these airports to service at only Potsdam or Massena? This would allow a larger plane to be flown directly to a hub airport instead of flying to Albany, then flying on another taxpayer subsidized flight to Boston, to finally get on yet another flight to your final destination.