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New air service provided from New York to Stowe

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It's been more than 30 years, but now passengers who want scheduled air service out of Stowe have it.

Tradewind Aviation is taking off this Friday with weekend flights to Westchester County, New York. The New York-based carrier operates eight passenger turboprop planes and says one-way tickets will cost $350. Bulk purchases can bring the cost down to $250. For now, the airline is aiming at primarily leisure travelers looking for a weekend of skiing, or a trip to the Big Apple.

"You're right there in White Plains and, of course, in Westchester, Fairfield, you're right there, 15-minute ride from pretty much anywhere you want and then it’s very easy access into New York City, both whether by driving or very easy public transportation connections," said Eric Zipkin from Tradewind Aviation.

"The rumor of just rich people using airports is an old one. We have people here who own their own airplanes, working class people own their own airplanes, fly their own airplanes here for hobbies, but with Tradewinds, anyone can afford a ticket just about anybody can afford a ticket to New York now and it really changes the aspect of the airport, the airports one for everybody," said Tom Anderson, Stowe Aviation.

Anderson says the new flights are part of multipronged development effort including a new terminal, aviation maintenance facilities and flight training. He hopes to expand from six full-time employees to 35 in the next year. 

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