Sun Air, a Florida-based company, has been announced as the new airline for the Jamestown Airport.
Starting Oct. 1, Sun Air will offer daily flights to Pittsburgh, the new connecting hub.
Chautauqua County officials have been waiting for word from the Department of Transportation about approval of a new airline since Silver Airways announced termination of services in February due to losses.
"The continuation of air service in Chautauqua County is a crucial tool the county can use to attract new businesses to the region and help current businesses continue to grow," said Sen. Charles Schumer. "Losing service there would have undoubtedly set the local economy back, but with this extension of federal support, and now a new carrier set to take off in the region the sky is the limit for Jamestown's airport."
Schumer and Vince Horrigan, Chautauqua County executive, made the announcement today.
"We are very excited to continue to have uninterrupted air passenger service in Chautauqua County," said Horrigan. "Sun Air's low fares and great destination will be an asset to our community. In addition to Sen. Schumer, I thank Department of Public Facilities Director George Spanos, Interim Airport Manager Dave Sanctuary, and the members of the Chautauqua County Airport Commission for their work in selecting our new air carrier."
Four flights on smaller 10-seat planes will be offered on weekdays along with two flights on Saturdays and Sundays.
Silver Airways, another Fort Lauderdale carrier which currently provides services to Cleveland, has received federal orders to continue providing service from Jamestown to Cleveland through Sept. 30.