Gainesville hopes to attract flight to New York City

Published: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 2:26 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 2:26 p.m.

The Gainesville Regional Airport is asking travelers to fill out an online survey about their flight preferences as the airport builds a case for attracting a nonstop route to New York City.

A link to the survey is available at

An average of 70.8 passengers per day fly from Gainesville Regional Airport to New York/Newark through connecting flights, an increase of 13 percent over 2011, the airport said in a news release. LaGuardia Airport is the second most popular final destination from Gainesville, with Miami International being the most popular.

"We are approaching the point of having enough daily New York area passengers to attract new service. But it will still be a challenge to convince airline route planners to give Gainesville a shot given the climate of the air travel industry," said airport CEO Allan Penksa.

"Our community's support of a direct route to New York City is vital to convincing an airline to add service."

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