Schumer Asks Delta to Reconsider Service Reduction at Stewart

Jul 19, 2012

WASHINGTON – In the wake of last week’s announcement that Delta Air Lines will drop its Stewart Airport to Atlanta route effective August 31, US Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) said he will ask the airline to reconsider the decision.

Schumer said on Wednesday he is disappointed with the announcement, but will press forward with his continuing efforts to attract new air service to the Newburgh airport.

“The biggest blow we had at Stewart was the New Jersey Governor Christie vetoing the under the Hudson tunnel, which would have allowed a one-ride stop from Newburgh right into mid-Manhattan on a train and that discouraged some airlines from coming,” he said. “But, we are going to try to show them that it’s a growing area in terms of population and that they would be wise to locate there, but obviously they need the market.”

Delta will continue its Stewart-Detroit route. Airline officials said both Atlanta and Detroit have been under-performing and it is their hope that pulling the plug on one will bolster the other.