The Little Airport that Could
What began as a 10-year expansion project to accommodate a larger air carrier and more passengers progressed so efficiently that all work at OGS was completed seven years ahead of schedule.
During that compressed timeframe, funding from all levels of government was secured, the runway was expanded, part of the state road was moved, and the airport terminal was renovated.
At the entrance, a small patch of pavement was transformed into a large gated parking lot with hundreds of spaces. Short-term parking on-site is a maximum of $8 USD/day. A discounted extended stay parking option with valet service in a nearby covered, secured building is also available.
With many Canadian travelers along the Kingston-Ottawa-Cornwall corridor already willing to drive as much as three hours to Syracuse for choice flights, Ogdensburg’s economic expansion project has shortened that commute by up to two hours each way.
The Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority plays a vital role in facilitating transportation throughout New York’s North Country. Its assets include not only the Ogdensburg International Airport, but also the Port of Ogdensburg, the New York and Ogdensburg Railway, and the Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge. It also operates two industrial parks in northern New York State.
Recent Key Milestones
July 1, 2019
On July 1, 2019, we celebrated the first full flight (50 passengers) departing from Ogdensburg International Airport (OGS) to Chicago (ORD). Departing passengers were advised of the milestone and personally thanked for choosing OGS by Wade A. Davis, Executive Director of the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority. Canadians in the departures lounge were also wished a Happy Canada Day! U.S. travelers were wished an early Happy Fourth of July holiday!
June 6, 2019
Ogdensburg International Airport (OGS) was presented the 2019 Best Destination Marketing Initiative Award by the Saint Lawrence County in Potsdam, New York. The Best Destination Marketing Initiative Award is presented to the individual, business or organization that has devised and implemented the most outstanding tourism marketing campaign or initiative to raise awareness and attract visitors to St. Lawrence County. New programs, bundling of experiences and multi-media communication delivered with creativity, innovation, production quality and effectiveness is recognized.
May 3, 2019
The inaugural flight from United Airlines (operated by SkyWest Airlines) landed at the Ogdensburg International Airport (OGS). Travelers can now choose direct flights between OGS and Chicago O’Hare (ORD) 5x/week: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and direct flights between OGS and Washington, D.C. (Dulles, IAD) daily.
April 15, 2019
Ogdensburg International Airport welcomed its 125,000th passenger since its 2016 airport expansion. The historic passenger recognition event was a tie as two parties entered the terminal simultaneously. Richard A. Coleman and Tammy L. Coleman, of Colton, New York, and Laura Chapman of Sidney, Nova Scotia, and Maureen O’Brien, of Metcalfe, Ontario, won the cost of their flights to Florida as a thank you for flying through OGS. Read the news release (PDF).
LtoR: Samuel J. LaMacchia (Immediate Past Chair, Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority), Wade A. Davis (Executive Director, OBPA), Richard A. Coleman and Tammy L Coleman, of Colton, New York, Laura Chapman of Sidney, Nova Scotia, and Maureen O’Brien, of Metcalfe, Ontario, Canada, and Fredrick J. Carter (former Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority Chair).
April 1, 2019
The Ogdensburg airport broke all passenger records in the month of March 2019. Nearly 7,000 travelers flowed through OGS during the month, which brings our cumulative total to nearly 125,000 passengers since the October 2016 grand opening (airport expansion). This was celebrated further when OGS, with our community partner Visit St. Lawrence County, attracted hundreds of travel-savvy Canadians to our booth at the annual Travel and Vacation Show in Ottawa. Just as direct flights to Chicago from Ottawa are ending, they launch May 3 here at OGS. View the TV report from WWNYTV: Ogdensburg’s Airport Gets Unexpected Boost
OGS shared a booth with Visit St. Lawrence County at the annual Ottawa Travel and Vacation Show March 30-31, 2019
March 7, 2019
United Airlines announced SkyWest Airlines will begin jet service from Ogdensburg to Chicago-O’Hare and Washington-Dulles International Airport beginning May 3, 2019. The 50-seat planes, full-size cabin and access to domestic and international destinations through two of United Airlines’ largest hubs now offer travelers more choices than ever before.
February 8, 2019
United Airlines (operated by SkyWest Airlines) was selected by the U.S. Department of Transportation to serve the Ogdensburg International Airport (OGS) under the Essential Air Service program.
October 13, 2018
Ogdensburg International Airport (OGS) welcomed its 100,000th passenger since the 2016 expansion, David Foran of Petawawa, Ontario. Mr. Foran and his party won the cost of their flights to Orlando (SFB) and free valet parking as a thank you for flying through OGS.
Read the statement from Vernon “Sam” Burns, Chair, Board of Directors, OBPA
David Foran of Petawawa, Ontario, Canada, was our 100,000th passenger since our airport’s expansion in October 2016.
July 13, 2018
Ogdensburg International Airport (OGS) welcomed its 30,000th passenger in 2018, Lina Roussel of Valleyfield, Quebec, who was traveling to Orlando, Florida with her son, Olivier Leone, and accompanied by her friend from work, Carole Fortin and her son, William Leger. As the 30,000th passenger so far this year, Ms. Roussel and her party won the cost of their flights and free valet parking as a thank you for flying through OGS.
February 5, 2018
Cape Air surpasses passenger records at Ogdensburg International Airport in 2017 (media release from Cape Air).
January 11, 2018
The Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority announces that during its first full calendar year of offering Allegiant Air flights between January 1-December 31, 2017, more than 45,000 passengers flowed through the Ogdensburg airport.
The American Council of Engineering Companies of New York unveiled the 2018 Engineering Excellence Awards, naming McFarland Johnson for the Ogdensburg International Airport Expansion Project – Ogdensburg, NY as winner of the Silver Award / Category H: Transportation.
November 28, 2017
Cape Air announces that it surpassed its August, September and October 2017 passenger records with a total of 1,090, 875 and 1,051 passengers respectively.
November 16, 2017
The first Allegiant Air flight from St. Pete/Clearwater/Tampa, Florida, (PIE) lands at the Ogdsensburg airport.
November 9, 2017
Senator Patricia D. Ritchie R-Heuverton announces nearly $70,000 to help Ogdensburg International Airport reach new heights (New York State grant).
December 31, 2016
OGS overachieves its enplanement goal of 10,000 passengers.
October 5, 2016
The first Allegiant Air flight from Orlando-Sanford, Florida, (SFB) lands at the Ogdensburg International Airport (OGS)