Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik today announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) will provide up to $20.7 million in grant funding to continue Essential Air Service in Ogdensburg and Plattsburgh through the Alternate Essential Air Service (AEAS) program.

This grant funding will be used to secure nonstop, roundtrip flights from Ogdensburg International Airport (OGS) and Plattsburgh International Airport (PBG) to Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) through public charter service provided by Contour Airlines.

“I am proud to announce that Essential Air Service will continue at the Plattsburgh and Ogdensburg airports,” Stefanik said. “I advocate for critical air service programs every year to provide our North Country families with convenient and more accessible travel, as well as attract tourists to our region. I will continue to work to keep and expand this critical program throughout communities in New York’s 21st District.”

Specifically, the DOT will provide up to $11,218,457 for AEAS out of Ogdensburg over the 27-month term from July 1, 2022 through September 30, 2024. For its Plattsburgh agreement, DOT will provide up to $9,526,718 for the same 27-month term.