Look for the Plattsburgh airport and someone will ask, are you sure you don’t mean Pittsburgh? Nope, we mean Plattsburgh, in far upstate New York and not far from the Canadian border. And it’s getting itself a place on the map (it's at the green arrow, and Canada is just north by about 55 miles) with some big bucks from the state and the feds – enough to help it attract service from a new carrier. The bilingual airport, is positioning itself to draw cold Quebecers from north of the border, 'Snowbirds' who should be lured by its new flights to Florida and by their increased purchasing power as the US dollar tumbles and is at long last at one-on-one parity with the Canadian dollar.
Calling itself 'Montreal’s US Airport', the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base just won the promise of $2 million from New York State’s governor, Eliot Spitzer, to support the retrofit of an Air Force nose-dock hangar. In May, it won $15 million in federal grants under a program that helps communities convert former military bases to civilian use. This has all been enough to attract Allegiant Air, which plans to start non-stops between Plattsburgh and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on 16 November. Las Vegas-based Allegiant was the first airline the community targeted, said chamber of commerce president Garry Douglas.