April 07, 2009

Gillibrand Praises Decision By Southwest Airlines To Expand Service To/From LaGuardia Airport

Expanding Air Service Will Help New York City Economy, Beginning June 2009, Carrier Will Operate Eight Daily Nonstop Flights From New York City

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand welcomed the announcement from Southwest Airlines today that the carrier will expand service to and from New York LaGuardia Airport.  Senator Gillibrand released the following statement praising the news:

"This is great news for New York City.  Southwest Airlines is making a smart investment.  I am hopeful that other carriers will follow their lead.

"We cannot turn this economy around if we do not provide businesses in every corner of New York with adequate access to air travel.  Expanding service and ensuring affordable prices is critical to getting our economy growing again."

"By expanding air travel, building high speed rail, and fixing traditional infrastructure like roads, bridges, and sewer systems, we will create jobs and ensure a growing economy for the long term."

Beginning in June, the airline will offer a total of eight daily nonstop departures - five daily nonstop flights between Chicago Midway and LaGuardia and three daily nonstop departures between Baltimore/Washington and LaGuardia.

Southwest Airlines will also offer direct or connecting service to more than 45 destinations from New York City, in addition to the eight daily nonstop flights.

Expanding air service and investing in infrastructure is a key part of Senator Gillibrand's strategy to fix the economy.  She is a strong supporter of President Obama's economic plan, which will create or save 215,000 New York jobs and ensure long term economic growth through investments in infrastructure, renewable energy, health care technology and education.