STEWART AIRPORT – American Airlines plans to resume flights at New York Stewart International Airport on June 4, a week before JetBlue does.


The airlines, two of the four carriers that serve Stewart, temporarily suspended their operations at the airport earlier this month after the coronavirus pandemic caused demand to plummet.


At the same time, Allegiant announced it would delay the start of three seasonal routes but continue three year-round ones - the twice-a-week flights to the Florida cities of Orlando, Punta Gorda and Tampa.


The fourth carrier, Delta, has not altered its schedule between Stewart and Detroit, Mich. It has, however, cut flights at LaGuardia and JFK.


JetBlue suspended its flights last week at Stewart, Westchester County Airport and LaGuardia and consolidated operations at JFK and Newark until June 10 as part of a company-wide retrenching.


The airline, Stewart’s busiest carrier, offered non-stop service between the airport and Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, Fla. It carried more than 117,000 passengers last year.


Similarly, American moved to temporarily cancel its service at Stewart, Westchester County Airport and MacArthur Airport on Long Island as well as reduce its service at JFK, LaGuardia and Newark. The airline flew between Stewart and Philadelphia, drawing more than 90,000 customers in 2019.


Allegiant had planned to resume service to Myrtle Beach, S. C., and start new service to Destin, Fla., and Savannah, Ga., next month. Now its Myrtle Beach flights will resume in June and its new ones to Destin in August and to Savannah in September.


The airline, which caters to the leisure travel market, has made similar changes at other airports across the country.


The Port Authority, which operates Stewart, has not released passenger volume statistics since January when the airport registered 24,700 travelers – a domestic volume almost identical to January 2019.


The total volume in January 2019 was 44,660 with the difference representing international travelers flying on Norwegian Air, Stewart’s first transatlantic airline. Norwegian, in its brief stay, caused the airport’s passenger volume to reach a 10-year high.


The carrier, beset with financial problems following an aggressive expansion and the grounding of its Boeing 737 Max jets, left Stewart in September.


Since then, the Port Authority has developed a new marketing plan for its smallest airport to attract new airlines that has been overshadowed by the pandemic.


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