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New Route at ELM
BIG FLATS - [WENY] The Elmira-Corning Regional Airport unveiled a new non stop route to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport Thursday afternoon. The new route serviced by United Express, is the first and only direct route to Chicago to be offered in the Twin Tiers.
Elmira-Corning Regional Airport Director of Aviation said, "This is really exciting, we have been waiting for this for months, and to finally have it kicked off and the plane was packed, the next couple of flights are booked full, and its really great and the community is supporting this new service."
The non stop flight will be offered twice daily, and with Chicago O'Hare being one of the busiest hubs in the nation, travelers from the Twin Tiers would have access to over 35 one stop destinations across the globe from Chicago.
Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli said, "To have an airport of this magnitude to offer this kind of service, to see people coming from Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse to fly out of here, I think it is a credit to Ann Crook who runs the airport, and for us knowing how to invest in an airport."
Over the past couple of months, ELM has offered several new direct flights, which is a sign that the investments put into the airport, like runway expansion, are paying off.
Santulli added, "I really think the expanded runway opened up airlines wanting to come here, I know where United saw that we had an 8,000 foot runway, there is not one anywhere near here, there not one in Ithaca, and there not one in Binghamton."
And with things looking up at ELM, more flights and bigger jets could be coming, and in turn, hopefully spurring more economic growth in the Twin Tiers.
Ann Crook said, "American is talking to us about other things and bigger aircraft and different destinations that American can add, that's just the airlines that we currently have here, but we are talking to some other airlines as well."