BTV drumming up support to bring back direct flights to Boston

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Burlington International Airport wants to bring back nonstop service to Boston’s Logan International, but it needs the community’s help to land the flights.

“We’re looking for letters of support,” said Gene Richards, aviation director at the Burlington International Airport. “We’re going to send them to the airline we’re working with and let them know all of the different reasons why we need service.”

There used to be as many as 27 flights a day to Boston. But it’s been 15 years since the airport has offered any direct flights.

Burlington has recently added nonstop flights to Orlando, Florida through Frontier airlines. It will soon offer direct flights to Denver beginning this spring.

The new service to Boston has come down to two cities, said Tom Torti, president of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce.

“We’re neck and neck with Rochester,” Torti said. “It would be a real game changer for our region, but also for the state.”

Torti said many area businesses with ties to Boston would benefit from the service. He says it would also generate more tourism activity in the state.

“Vermont has so much to offer,” Torti said. “If you make it easy for people to get here, they’re going to take advantage of it.”

Whether the reason is business, medical, or just personal, they want to hear from you.

“I believe in so many ways that this community is in better and greater need than anybody for this service,” Richards said.

If the Boston service will affect you, email Gene Richards at grichards@btv.aero by Friday.

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