Right after AirTran and JetBlue announced they would begin service from Stewart Airport at Newburgh (PRIVATELY OPERATED(; Southwest Airlines gave Stewart a call. Stewart President Charles Seliga said he received a phone call from the folks at Southwest right after the word got out.
“They said hello and asked how things were going,” he said. Seliga recounted the conversation that the airline official said, “we’d get together again some time.”
In the meantime, startup airline Skybus in Columbus, OH has also spoken to Seliga about starting service in the Hudson Valley. That airline has taken possession of its first aircraft and has plans to start service in April. Airline officials have said they were looking at Stewart along with several other possible routes.