Saturday, February 11, 2017

Delta halts flights in May at Greater Binghamton Airport (KBGM)

TOWN OF MAINE (WBNG) -- Delta will halt its flights at the Greater Binghamton Airport (BGM) come May.

On Friday, Broome County Commissioner of Aviation Dave Hickling announced the airport's primary runway will undergo major reconstruction in May to fix pavement deterioration. He says it will have an impact on the airport’s flight schedule in May, with all traffic being diverted to BGM's secondary runway.

It was also announced a new flight is coming to BGM in March. Airport officials said SkyWest Airlines, which operates as a Delta connection between BGM and Detroit International Airport in Detroit, will add an additional flight beginning March 1. The afternoon flight will be on a 50-seat plane, Hickling said, and will complement the schedules of flights at the airport, spreading them throughout the day.

But BGM officials said Saturday that "SkyWest Airlines who is providing the Binghamton to Detroit service for Delta Airlines has made the decision to not operate using the shorter alternate runway during this project. This aircraft is capable of using our alternate runway however it would likely have to do so at reduced capacity. In other words, rather than selling 50 seats for each flight they would be restricted to say, 35 seats and this could have a negative impact on their profitability for that month. 

Officials also said "SkyWest Airlines has expressed to us that they are pleased that we are addressing the runway and they look forward to resuming three daily flights to Detroit Metro Airport in June."


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