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Watertown airport sees passenger numbers bounce back in 2021

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WATERTOWN — Final passenger tallies are in, and Watertown International Airport’s numbers are bouncing back strongly.

After the COVID-19 pandemic decimated traveler numbers in 2020, the airport reported a 75% increase in passengers arriving and departing in 2021, for a total of 41,897 individual customers served last year.

Airport manager Grant W. Sussey said the facility, owned by Jefferson County and operated as a self-sustaining department, is making a strong comeback as commercial air travel bounces back.

“It’s fantastic to see that people are traveling again,” he said.

He said the evidence of increased travel is everywhere at the airport. The parking lot is full of cars frequently, and the airport’s two daily flights to and from Philadelphia are more full than a year ago.

Mr. Sussey said the relaxing of U.S-Canada border restrictions has meant more Canadians are using the airport as well, and the upcoming vacation season is expected to be a busy one.

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Watertown airport receives millions in federal funds

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WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) – Watertown’s airport is getting close to $5 million from the federal government.

Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced Thursday that the Watertown International Airport will receive about $1.1 million from the American Rescue Plan Act.

And Schumer announced the airport is receiving about $4.7 million as its annual subsidy for American Airlines to continue flying there. It’s through the Essential Air Service program and funds 12 nonstop round-trip flights each week from Watertown to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Both awards come through the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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Watertown airport celebrates 10 years with American Airlines

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TOWN OF HOUNSFIELD, New York (WWNY) – The Watertown International Airport is celebrating its 10th anniversary of commercial airline service with American Airlines.

Since its first flight on November 17, 2011, more than 390,000 passengers have flown on American Airlines flights from the local airport.

A celebration was held at the airport Wednesday with balloons, cupcakes and a cake cutting.

Passengers on hand for the occasion said they like using the airline and airport because of the free parking, short lines and the staff.

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National Weather Service repairs cancel flights at Watertown International Airport

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WATERTOWN — Watertown International Airport has announced that the National Weather Service, which maintains the weather station at the airport, has been making repairs to its Automated Surface Observing Systems weather reporting system. This resulted in the system going out of service Monday evening.

The necessary repairs will be completed late Thursday, when the system is expected to be back online

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New York airports in line for $937M under infrastructure bill

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Airports across New York state are set to receive a combined $937 million in federal funding under the infrastructure bill that is being finalized in Congress, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday said.

The money is part of the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal comes on top of $142 million for electric vehicle charging stations, $1.9 billion for bridge repairs and $11.5 billion in additional reauthorizations.

“The bipartisan infrastructure deal will be a building and jobs boon for critical New York needs from Plattsburgh to Jamestown, and everywhere in between,” Schumer said. “Whether it’s critical bridge or highway repairs, safety improvements at our airports or for water systems, this deal represents massive investments that will rebuild and revive the Empire State’s infrastructure. From clean drinking water to upgraded sewer to repairing bridges and highways, there is more work to be done, but billions are on the way to move on it and create good jobs while advancing critical projects.”

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