November 13, 2014

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Stewart Airport’s name may change to reflect region

The late Archie Stewart, for whose family the airport is named. 
The Stewart name would remain in any new official designation.

TOWN OF WALLKILL – In 2006 when National Express Corporation of England owned Stewart Airport, they gave serious consideration to renaming the Newburgh area airport Hudson Valley International Airport. Because of the local outcry, the company backed off.

When the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey took over the facility in November 2007, one of their first orders of business was to announce they would retain the name Stewart International Airport.

The Port Authority’s Aviation Director Thomas Bosco announced to members of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce in Wallkill on Wednesday that they are looking to modify the name to make it more recognizable both within and outside the region and he provided one possible new name for the airport.

“New York-MidHudson Valley International Airport at Stewart Field, something along those lines, but the bottom line is that we want to have the name reflect where it is, what it does and where it serves,” Bosco said.

When Stewart was a training facility for West Point in its early days, it was called Stewart Field and later Stewart Air Force Base.

Bosco said despite its ups and downs in cargo and passenger service, Stewart has a bright future.

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