Direct Delta Flights Between ELM and New York City Begin

Posted June 8, 2012

Direct flights between NYC and Elmira Corning airport are back
By Jeff Murray, The Star-Gazette

BIG FLATS - For the first time in more than 10 years, a passenger plane from New York City touched down at the Elmira Corning Regional Airport on Thursday, and local officials were in a mood to celebrate.

Delta Airlines recently decided to add flights between Elmira and New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, and Delta Flight 3790 was the first flight on the new route.

The 50-passenger jet was about 20 minutes behind schedule, but that didn't matter much, either to the folks waiting to greet passengers, or to the people happy to see the Elmira-to-New York link restored.

"It's been a long time since we've had New York City travel out of this airport," said Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli. "The plane landed with 33 passengers, and is leaving with 22. We hope it will grow. I believe it will. The Finger Lakes region wins."

"We can grow the tourism industry with this connection between upstate and downstate," he said.

Adding flights to JFK not only connects the Twin Tiers to New York City, but to the West Coast and Europe as well, said airport Manager Ann Crook.

Finger Lakes Wine Country is among the tourist draws that hope to benefit from the new Elmira-New York connection.

Finger Lakes Wine Country President Morgen McLaughlin was among the passengers who flew on the inaugural Delta New York-to-Elmira flight.

"We are tickled to have this new direct link from New York City to Elmira Corning. It's a milestone," McLaughlin said.

(For original story, please visit http://www.stargazette.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012206070421&nclick_check=1.)

Flights from Elmira to JFK take off
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ELMIRA - Nonstop flights from Elmira to New York City have officially taken off. Thursday was the first day for the new Delta flights from the Elmira Corning Regional Airport to JFK Airport.

Officials say the flights will make the city more accessible to people upstate, but will also bring tourism to the Finger Lakes region.

There were 33 people on Thursday's first arriving flight and 22 on the outgoing trip, but officials expect those numbers to increase, especially since JFK acts as a large hub for international flights.

"JFK is a wonderful hub to catch connecting flights to the West Coast or to Europe. And we actually have quite a few people here tonight that are getting on this first flight to fly all over the world. So it's pretty exciting," Airport Manager Ann Crook said.

There will be one outgoing and incoming flight to New York each day at the airport. The 50 seat jet can make the trip in less than an hour.

(For video, please visit http://centralny.ynn.com/content/top_stories/587329/flights-from-elmira-to-jfk-take-off/.)

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