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Non-Stop Flight Added at ELM Airport

New non-stop service between Elmira and New York City officially took flight on Thursday afternoon.

Elmira to JFK First Flight

June 7, 2012

           BIG FLATS (WENY) --  The first non-stop flight to and from New York City's JFK airport officially took flight Thursday from the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport.  The 50-seat jet will make daily trips between ELM and the Big Apple.

           Ticket prices start at about $150 for a round trip ticket, but vary depending on when you book your trip.  Chemung County and local tourism leaders say this flight is an added convenience, and another way to bring people into the region.

            "The whole tourism industry in the region is very excited about a way for people in the New York City region to come to the Fingerlakes region with a direct flight," says airport manager, Ann Crook.

            "I think it's going to give us a better chance to get to other places outside of the U.S. and do that quickly," says Laurie Garner, one of the passengers on the first flight to JFK.  "And it's kind of nice to be able to go to the city and do that quickly since we don't have a train anymore."

             In addition to the added flights, ELM is also getting bathroom renovations, more parking spaces and a runway expansion.  The 8,000 food expansion project should be completed by the end of the summer.