Development Strategy Approved for Stewart Airport

NEW YORK – In the wake of the loss of Norwegian Air’s European service at New York Stewart International Airport, the Port Authority Board, on Thursday, approved a new plan to attract additional airline service, attract more passengers and improve and expand on concession facilities.

Port Authority Aviation Director Huntley Lawrence told the board that the success of Norwegian Air’s operations proves Stewart is a viable airport for both the metropolitan area and Hudson Valley residents.

“Utilization of the Stewart Express bus to Manhattan and the Port Authority Bus Terminal proved the viability of Stewart Airport as a low-cost alternative for the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region,” Lawrence said. “More importantly, 50 percent of Norwegian’s passengers were originating from or destined to counties that neighbor Stewart.”

Norwegian terminated service on September 14 because of the continued grounding of the Boeing 737 Max jets worldwide.

The new plan includes hiring a new operator – Future Stewart Partners, composed of ADP International Americas, doing business as ADPIA (Groupe ADP), and AFCO AvPorts Management, the current operator, whose contract will expire at the end of October.

Groupe ADP operates the airports in Paris, France including Charles DeGaulle Airport.

The plan includes modernizing the air carrier incentive program; leveraging partnerships with regional and state agencies, tourism and trade organizations, to promote Stewart; hire an experienced marketing firm to increase Stewart’s visibility both internationally and in the Hudson Valley; develop a joint marketing strategy with key businesses and attractions to drive traffic to the airport; and entering into an agreement to expand the concession program.

Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus said he is glad to see that the plan includes marketing for the Hudson Valley, New York City and international travelers. “With attractions in Orange County such as West Point, Woodbury Common and Legoland in 2020, we have much to draw people,” he said.

A 20,000 square foot addition to the passenger terminal is underway designed to handle federal inspection station services for international travelers.

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