- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) - Rutland’s regional airport could soon be offering departures for White Plains, New York.

The Rutland Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1eTdedO ) that charter airline Altius has applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation to establish regular routes, starting with nine-passenger, single-engine flights between the Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport in Clarendon and White Plains.

Altius Managing Director Toni Drummond said the company, which is based in Syracuse, New York, is in its planning stages and could possibly have the route running by the end of summer.

Officials at Altius, which has been in business since 2008, saw untapped potential for the charter business in the Rutland area.

“What should be a 40-minute flight turns into a four-hour ordeal,” Drummond said of travel in and out of New York City. “We hope to take this model that we use for Rutland and, hopefully, apply it to other New England cities that are just a little bit removed from the beaten path, so to speak.”

Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce Vice President Thomas Donahue said the route would be a welcome addition. The airline would help make Rutland more accessible to New Yorkers for business and skiing, he said. And, he added, it wouldn’t compete with Cape Air, which offers flights between Rutland and Boston.

“If someone has a unique service they offer to high-end clients in the New York City area, this is a way to get them out here,” said Chris Beitzel, airport manager. “It will bring a unique opportunity we haven’t had in the past. In addition to regular runs, they can supplement with charter flights, sort of an on-demand service.”

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Information from: Rutland Herald, https://www.rutlandherald.com/

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