Additional reporting by Raphael Beretta
Planning chaotic trips from bustling airports like JFK is often a juggling act of layovers, tight schedules, and far more luggage than you could ever need, now with the added variables of temperature monitoring, social distancing, and other safety measures. Sounds stressful? Just wait until you’re in the thick of it and you realize you still need to get through security and board the plane.
Located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, New York Stewart International Airport (SWF) is a smaller and more convenient option for travel out of New York than JFK or even EWR. Looking to explore another country? Starting June 9, 2022, Stewart will offer direct flights to Iceland via PLAY airlines. Of course, connections to many of the most popular cities across Europe are available.
On the other hand, Frontier Airlines and Allegiant Air still provide cheap, safe options for flying to the southern United States.
“Allegiant’s success at New York Stewart International Airport is a testament to our strong partnership and the airline’s commitment to follow through on its service expansion plans in the Mid-Hudson Valley,” says Omar Astacio, Interim General Manager of New York Stewart International Airport. “We applaud Allegiant and look forward to continue working and growing together.”
Once again, Stewart earns a reputation for convenient, affordable direct flights to Europe. PLAY—SWF’s newest airline—launches nonstop flights to Iceland early in the summer 2022. One-way tickets start at $161, an unbeatable price for trans-Atlantic travel. Fly straight into Reykjavik (KEF), Iceland’s gorgeous capital city. Expressionist architecture, eclectic nightlife, and fresh cuisine are major draws. Above all, Iceland possesses breathtaking nature, from shimmering lakes to tall volcanos. Plus, world-class whale watching and unparalleled views of the Northern Lights make this a magical destination.
However, Stewart’s PLAY flights don’t have to end with Iceland. Once in Reykjavik (KEF), hop on a connecting flight to London, Paris, Berlin, Dublin, Copenhagen, or any of the 20 European cities within reach from KEF. This airline uses SWF’s new $37 million U.S. Customs Hall. The 20,000 sq ft customs and arrival terminal may boast additional European flights in the near future.
To get to Myrtle Beach, check out the deals with Allegiant, which flies direct to the South Carolina locale. Depending on when you go, you can pick up a few bargain-priced $61 tickets, which help offset the cost of all the tempting attractions at the beach. After all, Myrtle Beach is 100-percent a vacation destination. Whether you explore the 60 miles of coastline or book a trip around a local destination, you’ll love the chance to soak in the sunshine down south.
Maybe it’s the siren song of warmer weather that lures Hudson Valleyites to Florida, or maybe it’s the fact that there’s just so much to do in the Sunshine State. Either way, there are quite a number of ways to get there from SWF.
If you’re looking to fly south, use Allegiant for trips to Orlando (SFB), Punta Gorda (PGD), or St. Pete / Clearwater / Tampa (PIE). One-way prices begin around $40 for Orlando and $70 for Punta Gorda. Whether you are visiting family or traveling for work, these flights are the cheapest and safest local options around to get to Florida.
In addition, Frontier offers nonstop flights to Tampa (TPA) and Fort Lauderdale (FLL). These sunny destinations are perfect for spring break trips and family-friendly weekends alike.
Flights are available to “The Peach State” via Savannah International Airport (SAV). Allegiant’s low rates extend to Georgia, with flights as low as $59 each way. History buffs will adore the architecture and popular ghost tours. In addition, those seeking outdoor adventures can choose between world-class fishing, boating, and more.