TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — The Ithaca Tompkins International Airport announced today that its service to Charlotte, N.C. will be increasing, going from once a week flights to now providing daily flights to the American Airlines hub at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

The newly-renovated and renamed airport will start the service on Sept. 9. The addition comes at the expense of daily service to Philadelphia International Airport—it is unclear how frequent trips to Philadelphia will be going forward.

“Adding Charlotte service for our community is going to be of great benefit to all those who fly,” said Larry Baum, Chairman of the Air Services Board, in a press release. “This hub will provide much more reliable service year-round and connects to many destinations in the US and around the world. As passenger counts increase, we’ll be seeing larger aircraft being used on this route.”

Charlotte is the second-largest American Airlines hub, according to the press release, meaning it will provide non-stop flights to countless destinations around the world. Ithaca’s airport has had weekly service to Charlotte since December 2018.

Traffic at the airport has been significantly decreased during the pandemic, even as international travel was supposed to be unveiled in spring. The airport recently completed a $40 million terminal expansion and renovation which was also slated to bring a U.S. Customs facility to the property, allowing Ithaca to welcome international fliers. Its name was officially changed last week to represent its impending international status.

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Education & Public Health Reporter at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at mbutler@ithacavoice.com