The Adirondack Regional Airport in Harrietstown.
The Adirondack Regional Airport in Harrietstown has had a good year, according to manager Corey Hurwitch.
Hurwitch said the airport has been very active with commercial service, private usage and military usage, which all leads to more spending at the runway’s pumps.
“We focused on increasing our fuel sales and that has been the biggest thing this year because we have been able to increase our fuel sales,” Hurwitch said. “We need to work to become a little bit more self sustained and a little less reliant on the tax payers.”
Hurwitch said that with their commercial partner, Cape Air, service continues to expand.
“Cape Air has continued on and ever since they have been here, they have increased their passengers,” he said. “We are working toward building more and more with them. The fourth and fifth flights that they offer during the summertime are un-subsidized so we are working more toward self substantiality.”
Hurwitch added the military use of the airport has added to the air traffic.
“Fort Drum was looking for a quiet airport where they will not interfere with other air traffic and there are no noise complaints,” he said. “Through that, we increased the amount of jet (fuel) sold to them by 50,000 gallons. We had a lot of Blackhawk helicopters come in for training. This was really a takeoff year for our partnership with the military.”
The airport has also been a hub for charter flights.
“We started off the year with some hockey charters for the Frozen Four in Lake Placid,” Hurwitch said. “It is good to get these in and to be a part of the major events in the area.”
Along with increases to use, Hurwitch said the airport is always looking for funding lines and new partners to help with expansion.
“We are looking for new grants and looking for new people to move in,” he said. “We have shovel ready sites that were going to be a general terminal, but with the grants drying up we are going to use the current sites that we have and see if we can get a hanger.”
Hurwitch has been presenting his report to local municipalities recently, and stopped March 25 at the Essex County Ways and Means Committee meeting.
“It looks like you guys have got some good things going on,” Committee Chair Bill Ferebee of Keene said. “You are definitely trying to prepare for the future.”