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Office of the Chautauqua County Executive
Chautauqua County is working with Boutique Air to restore commercial air services at The Greater Chautauqua-Jamestown Airport in Jamestown, N.Y.
In May 2018, Chautauqua County partnered with Boutique Air, a commuter airline based in San Francisco, Calif., in submitting a joint proposal to the U.S. Department of Transportation. This joint proposal, which is still under review by the U.S. Department of Transportation, would re-establish scheduled commercial service between Jamestown Airport and Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) under the Essential Air Service (EAS) program.
Since the proposal was submitted, Boutique Air has been awarded an EAS route contract with Johnstown, Pa. that connects Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI) and Pittsburgh. This service between Johnstown and Pittsburgh commenced on Nov. 1.
“With a newly established operating base at the Pittsburgh airport, Boutique is able to offer greater operating efficiencies in its planned service to Chautauqua County,” said Ron Almeter, Chautauqua County Manager of Airport and Parks. “This presents Chautauqua County and the U.S. Department of Transportation with a more attractive business plan that leverages the economies of operating multiple routes from a common hub.”
Not only is Boutique proposing to bring down the cost of the potential service between Jamestown and Pittsburgh, but the innovative commuter airline continues to improve and expand its portfolio of interline and code share agreements with United Airline and other major carriers. This will provide travelers connecting on flights beyond Pittsburgh to have an extensive range of convenient onward travel options available through their network of airline alliances.
“We recognize in Chautauqua County and Western New York State, a community that has a demonstrable growing need for commercial air service,” said Shawn Simpson, CEO of Boutique Air. “The synergy between the County’s economic development trajectory and Boutique’s unique capability to bring high-quality passenger service to emerging markets gives us high confidence that we can be successful in this endeavor.”
Boutique’s plans to bring scheduled airline service back to Jamestown are also well-aligned with the County’s economic development strategy.
“The tourism sector is vibrant and growing in Chautauqua County, and
this can be contributed in part to new attractions and hotel developments,” said Mark Geise, Deputy County Executive for Economic Development. “Bringing visitors to the County remains a high priority for County leadership. To that end, a reliable, convenient and economical scheduled airline service is a key component of that integrated economic development strategy and a public service that the County, in collaboration with municipal governments, business, academic and community organizations, continues to pursue aggressively.”
“Returning commercial air service to the Jamestown Airport is critical for our county’s residents, visitors, and established multinational companies with visiting clients and management teams,” said George Borrello, Chautauqua County Executive. “We are working with Congressman Tom Reed and his team to further engage with officials of the USDOT’s EAS program. I believe this latest improvement to our joint proposal with Boutique has strengthened our plan and improved our strategy for a successful operation at the Jamestown Airport.”
The revised route proposal is now under review by EAS program officials. Boutique Air and County leaders await the U.S. Department of Transportation’s decision on approving Jamestown Airport’s return to the EAS Program.