AirTran to abandon Stewart Airport

AirTran will pull out of Stewart Airport in Newburgh, N.Y., on Sept. 3.

AirTran currently offers daily flights to Atlanta and three Florida cities from Stewart, which is about 55 miles north of New York City.

According to a report in the Times Herald-Record of Middletown, N.Y., AirTran spokesman Tad Hutcheson said the airline “couldn’t figure out a way to make it work” because of record-high fuel prices.

AirTran and JetBlue introduced Stewart service in January 2007, significantly increasing the airport’s volume. Skybus, another low-cost airline, arrived in December but went out of business in April.

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