Now flying to Elmira NY. Huh??

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    It's also close to Corning as well as Ithaca (Cornell), which has its own small airport ITH, IIRC currently served by US and DL.
     
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    ITH is served by UA/Connection from EWR. I've flown that route when I needed to do some work in Corning.
     
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    25 minutes west to Corning.
    60 minutes east is Binghamton.
    35 minutes north is Watkins Glen.
    45 minutes northeast is Ithaca.

    This area is the southern Finger Lakes area in New York. You'll also find the premier (they say it not me) wine district in New York. IMHO, Long Island's North Fork is better.
     
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    NW/DL started service into Elmira about five years ago, but IIRC they've withdrawn.

    Elmira is also about a hour and a half from Syracuse, which has its own bigger airport.
     
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    That's correct. SYR is a real airport. :D
     
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    True, but SYR has lots of RJs.

    ITH isn't a real airport but at least it has jetways now.
     
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    CO once served Elmira via Continental Express, and later Continental Connection, mostly with 19 seat Beech 1900Ds. Some of that service was still running as recently as about 2006.
     
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    There's substantial amount of corporate travel related to Corning Inc. that moves through ELM -- and only one major airline serving it up to now. Upper echlelons of Corning management are served by Corning Aviation (a division of Corning Inc.). So this move by United seems like a smart way to capture this full fare traffic.
     
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    So ELM now will have DL, US, UA and little stuff like Allegiant (G4)? I don't think this is good for BGM which has less flights and no little carrier like G4. Damn... I'm close to BGM.
     
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    Isn't it true that at one point, BGM would have been the biggest of this bunch of small airports?
     
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    Yes, when IBM was a big player in the area there were a lot more flights, even direct flights to NYC. There was even a conference room for rent for meetings at the airport. (Well, actually the room is still there but not sure it's ever used.)
     
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    Wonder if they are adding the flight because of loosing an alliance partner in the area (US) that they could connect their traffic to for that area.
     
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    This must have a lot to do with the decision to enter Elmira, especially if they have/want a corporate contract with Corning.
     
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