JAMESTOWN – Chautauqua County executive George Borrello is hoping residents who travel a lot for business and/or pleasure will consider using Boutique Air when it comes to the Chautauqua County Airport.
Both Borrello and Congressman Tom Reed recently announced that the county has reached a deal with the California-based airline to provide commercial air service to the Chautauqua County airport through the federal Essential Air Service program. That program provides funding to communities that wouldn’t be able to support commercial air service on their own.
Borrello recently told WRFA that unlike previous airlines that have operated at the Jamestown airport, Boutique Air should be far more reliable and convenient. Specifically, Borrello says the type of aircraft Boutique uses will be able to fly at higher altitudes, meaning the flights will be less affected by weather that has become problematic at times for previous air services. He said the airline will also have a permanent aircraft presence in Jamestown, meaning it won’t have to rely on planes flying in to the County in order to provide a flight.
As for when the airline will begin operation, that all depends on the federal department of transportation and when it will be able to sign off on EAS funding. Borrello added that there is no increase in local tax dollars funding the airport. Instead, the airport will be better off financially because Boutique Air would pay rent for using the airport.