U.S. Rep. John Katko said Syracuse and the central New York region will be a viable market for Southwest.
Business leaders highlighted the benefits for the region’s economy. Rob Simpson, president of CenterState CEO, said the flights between Syracuse and BWI are important for those who work in the defense industry. Terreri confirmed that it’s one of the most requested routes by businesses because of the defense contractors and unmanned aerial systems work in central New York.
With Southwest flying between Syracuse and BWI, Terreri said it’s the first time the airport has offered low-cost service to the Washington, D.C. metro area.
“This is a game-changer for central New York,” Simpson said.
For Terreri, Southwest’s arrival in Syracuse is confirmation that their strategy for the airport is paying off. He explained that they’ve been trying to change the airport’s reputation of being a high-cost airport and making it a cost-competitive airport.
To make that happen, they had to make changes. He generally described efficiencies the airport adopted that helped lower operating costs for airlines. That, he thinks, made the airport a more attractive option for Southwest.
Southwest will be offering flights to and from BWI at first, but Terreri expects the relationship to grow over time.