Albany Airport is an airport of entry serving Albany, New York. It is located in the Town of Colonie about 6 miles north of Albany.
Albany International Airport can accept most aircraft. But although the airport is significant and well-equipped, it is essentially a domestic airport, with its only scheduled international flights to Canada.
CommutAir flying as Continental Connection had dozens of daily non-stop flights to 20 destinations from a “micro-hub” created at Albany International Airport. At its peak, it operated five banks of flights out of three gates (A1, A1a, A2), completely occupying the airside’s lower-level. The hub was downsized and eventually closed down in 2005, and today only serves Buffalo.
Construction has recently been completed on the 1,300 foot runway extension for runway 1/19. The runway now measures 8,500 feet.
With the January 2006 shutdown of Independence Air, Albany International Airport is in further discussions with jetBlue (which serves all other major upstate airports), AirTran (which served Albany for a brief period in the late-1990’s), and Frontier Airlines to expand service to the airport.
On October 29, 2006, Southwest Airlines will begin a daily roundtrip flight to Tampa International Airport. For a time, a weekly roundtrip to Tampa was run from the airport on a test basis several years ago.