NEW Sign Unveiled for New York Stewart International Airport
What’s In A Name? Plenty, Say Experts.
By Edie Johnson
It has been a long time coming, but this week there is a new sign at the airport, boldly saying New York Stewart International Airport. Along with its low cost flights to a number of new locations s in Europe, the area surrounding the airport is seeing a big uptick in business as well. The rebranding took awhile because of negotiations with the Stewart family, who wanted the Stewart name kept in the title to recognize their longstanding land donation. The Stewart Dairy Farm site was donated to Orange County in 1930. About 60 miles from New York City, along with the low cost flights to Belfast and Dublin Ireland, Norway and Scotland (some for under $100), there are frequent flights to several locations in Florida by American Airlines, Delta, Jet Blue and Allegiant. The landing strips have been lengthened in recent years so they can accommodate large jets. It is hoped that this growth will lessen some of the traffic jams, both in the air and roadways, to and from Newark , Laguardia and Kennedy. The airport also offers the area’s only quarantine USDA Animal Import Center for horses and other live animal imports. A shuttle is available to New York City for $20 as well as Coach USA’s Stewart Express Bus.
New York Stewart International Airport, located partly in the Town of New Windsor and partly in the Town of Newburgh, also houses the 105th Airlift Wing of the National Guard and Marine Refueling Squadron 452. Its site expansion and the growth of business there has been a major goal of each of the county’s last 3 county executives and legislatures. The facility is attractive, spotless and offers a variety of amenities, but scheduling a return flight within the US can sometimes be challenging.
The Metropolitan Transit Authority and area officials hope that the new name will improve the airport’s visibility in search engines, as well as to individuals looking for economical flights in the greater New York City area. They expect that with Legoland and Resorts World Casino coming to the area, flights will double by next year. Last year New York Stewart International Airport handled about 450,000 passengers.