This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.
Update 2/23/18: The Stewart International Airport finally has a new name: New York Stewart International Airport. The name change is a move made in the hope of luring travelers to/from the airport, which is near Newburgh, NY, when considering NYC flight options.
On February 15, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey authorized a $30 million expansion to Stewart International Airport (SWF), which would add nearly 20,000 square-feet of space to the existing terminal, including a new US Custom and Border Protection facility.
“Expanding the terminal supports Governor Cuomo’s vision of an airport that increases flight activity and passenger volume, and provides the level of service and amenities that should be expected of a world-class facility,” said Jeffrey Lynford, Board Vice-Chairman, in a press release.
Currently, the Hudson Valley airport lacks a dedicated area to screen passengers from international flights. As of now, the airport uses a moveable wall to section off part of the terminal and separate domestic and international passengers.
Last year, nearly 450,000 commercial airline passengers used Stewart International Airport (SWF), which includes 141,000 international passengers.The new project will provide a dedicated federal inspection area that can process up to 400 international passengers per hour, as stated by the Port Authority.
Joseph Sitt, chairman of the Global Gateway Alliance, expressed support for the proposal in advance of the Port Authority meeting last Thursday.
“The bottom line is New York has the most congested and delayed airports in the country year in and year out, and it’s not going to change without new capacity,” Sitt said in a statement. “That will take proposals like the Stewart International Airport expansion along with better transportation, a real and sustained commitment to marketing, and, most of all, more flights and services to attract passengers. Otherwise, this will be just another plan that prolongs the airport’s life, but falls far short of truly serving our region and our economy.”
In addition to the expansion, the Port Authority Commissioners also approved a change in name of Stewart International Airport to something else — although it hasn’t decided yet to what. The targeted completion date for the construction project is 2020.
H/T: USA Today
With great travel benefits, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game. Here are the top 5 reasons it should be in your wallet, or read our definitive review for more details.
- Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
- Chase Sapphire Preferred named "Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption" - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, June 2018
- 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- No foreign transaction fees
- 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
- No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards