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Whether or not the addition of the flight between JFK and ELM will dramatically change the game for Finger Lakes Wine Country tourism is yet to be seen. However, I'm confident that offering this option for potential visitors is a huge win for the region. When we visit New York City, whether it's for an event or visiting with media, we're consistently hearing "I don't have a car, how do I get there?" This flight will be another great option for traveling to the region. Plus, not only will this be an option for NYC residents, but JFK is a gateway to the rest of the world so it really goes beyond the NYC market alone. I'm excited for what's to come for the region this year and the addition of this direct flight can only help.

I live in New York City and I'd love to visit the Finger Lakes region again, but this isn't going to help all that much.

I'm a grad student, so maybe I'm just not the target audience, but paying for a flight and then renting a car just isn't convenient or affordable. Plus, it's not as though the plane lands in Geneva or Ithaca or somewhere IN wine country. It's still a half hour drive from the airport to Watkins Glen (longer to get to other lakes).

I think Evan makes a good point with the total time spent traveling as well. It's probably faster and cheaper for me to rent a car down here and just drive.

Bryan and other travelers,
If you are solo in NYC and want to come up here or vice versa, check out the Cornell Bus. $75 each way from NYC to Ithaca on a "luxury bus" with wi-fi, satellite radio and leather seats. It is the only way I go to NYC when flying (bad pun) solo. A little sandwich and a half bottle of wine and your all set.

Please oh please transportation gods please build us a decent rail line from NYC to the Southern Tier!!!

It's an interesting idea and I certainly hope it becomes popular, but I can't imagine it being the solution to getting people to the Finger Lakes. As others have said, flying two people, plus renting a car, is a big expense - especially when you can just rent a Zipcar in the city for half the price.

A pre-requisite for wine purchasing is having a way to bring the wine back home. Air travel is no longer a viable method for tourists to bring wine back home with them. Shipping becomes the only option, which gets expensive when purchasing a few bottles at several wineries.

Rick - I would love to see rail serviced improved all over upstate. When it is faster and less expensive to drive than fly or go by train, then driving is the choice. Sadly, driving is the most cost effective choice for many trips within NY.

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