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Great news!
All of Lightlink seems to be offline right now, so I can't post this to either 14850.com or wvbr.com, but I got a press release tonight saying that Ithaca's airport service is about to dramatically improve! This will not only make travel easier, but should also help push down some prices. Here's the article I'll post as soon as the servers are reachable again...

Ithaca airport improves travel options despite industry trends

Just as many airlines are tightening their belts and industry specialists say at least 150 airports are in danger of service cutbacks, the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport has announced the addition of jet service on an existing route, as well as a new airline serving a new city. The airport today announced Northwest will begin flying Canadair Regional Jet aircraft on flights to Detroit, and Continental will return to Ithaca, operating four daily routes to and from Newark International Airport.


Update: Yay! The servers came back up. Here's the real article... http://today.14850.com/0702ithacaairtravel.html
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aregulardyke From: aregulardyke Date: July 2nd, 2008 09:28 am (UTC) (Link)

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When we were visiting our Binghamton friends this last weekend, we were all yacking about all the economic struggles - and one friend said she'd heard that the Binghamton Regional Airport might be amongst the closings. I, of course, was thinking that Ithaca would take a hit ... but hopefully Ithaca can hang in there. Not that *I* ever fly anywhere ( I've been on a plane exactly twice - once going & once returning ), but the local economy would suffer greatly were there no airport !

ruffian_wind From: ruffian_wind Date: July 2nd, 2008 01:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh wow, Newark? That will definitely come in handy!
belmikey From: belmikey Date: July 2nd, 2008 02:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm pleased to be wrong, at least, for the moment :-)

We'll see if this actually improves available fares, however.
belmikey From: belmikey Date: July 2nd, 2008 02:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
For what it's worth, the Continental service already appears at Expedia. I did a search for an early October trip. The fare is still higher than I care to pay, but it's less than $700 :-)
kaitl From: kaitl Date: July 2nd, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Unbelievably, I found my sister a flight out of Ithaca into Indianapolis (with a layover at LGA) for $235-- and I noticed some with layovers in DTW

Too bad flights in and out of Champaign are still ridiculously expensive :( But I'm going to be near IND the day she's flying in anyway, so it'll be fine.
perisoft From: perisoft Date: July 2nd, 2008 10:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
It'd be fantastic if there were some non-insanely-priced flights to JFK and ATL, but I'm not sure this will compete with Rochester and Syracuse for jumping on a long-haul, even given the distance.

I just did a cheaptickets search for ITH -> JFK, and got an $850 flight which goes from Ithaca to La Guardia to Richmond to JFK! Not exactly practical... :) Atlanta's $300 and still has a stopover in Phil... not sure if there are any direct flights to major hubs, actually. Nothing really flies out of PHL to Europe, I don't think, so it's fairly useless for me.

But, if the rates to Newark are good, that might work out well.
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: July 3rd, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

I know PHL does have lots of international flights, but I haven't paid that much attention to where they go, since I don't do that much international travel myself. I know the flight I was on from San Francisco last month was then heading off to the UK somewhere.

As for flying to JFK, well, duh, if there isn't a direct flight, it's not going to be sane to try to fly there from Ithaca. :-) Marginally less insane to fly to LaGuardia and take the shuttle bus over to JFK, at least.

And, "major hubs" depend on which airlines you look at. PHL is a major hub for US Airways and I think one other carrier. ATL is a major hub for Delta, but that's not of that much interest to me.
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