ALBANY, N.Y.—Senator Charles Schumer joined airport and local officials on Monday to call on JetBlue Airlines to establish a first-ever presence in the Capital Region.
According to Schumer, presence of JetBlue in the Capital Region would boost competition and availability of low-cost flights from Albany to JetBlue destinations.
After the Government approved the recent merger of U.S. Air and American Airlines, low cost players like Jet Blue were given coveted slots so they could fly out of new places like Albany.
Senator Schumer said "All parties involved are interested and stand to benefit hugely, Capital Region businesses know it will help spur job growth, travelers will hopefully see lower fares with more competition, and Jet Blue will be able to take advantage of new customers and draw people to a new airport that is servicing a growing population."
Schumer also said Jet Blue could easily fill flights to places like Washington and Florida.
Local officials said on Monday that bringing the airline to Albany is long overdue.
Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan said "I get so many requests for Jet Blue in this area, Town of Colonie people are constantly saying, ‘Why can't we get Jet Blue?'"
Mahan points out with population on the upswing in the tri-city area and tech valley jobs growing, now is the time.
A man who runs a taxi service out of Albany International agrees.
Dwight Palmquist with Capital Land Taxi said "I believe more people would come to Albany instead of going down to Stewart Airport in Newburgh.
A spokeswoman with Jet Blue said that while they don't have immediate plans to come to Albany, they are strongly considering the senator's proposal.
"While we don't have any immediate plans to serve Albany," said Jenny Dervin, vice president, corporate communications, "we are strongly considering Senator Schumer's proposal."