Mayor Stephanie Miner asked the CEOs of Delta, JetBlue, and American Airlines to expand their service capacity from Syracuse to Houston, Texas, in advance of the NCAA Final Four basketball tournament, in a letter March 29.
“This is a great opportunity for the community to rally around the team and, for those who wish to go to Houston, cheer them on in the arena,” Mayor Miner stated. “I urge these airlines to recognize the new demand for flights this week, and increase the capacity to accommodate more interested travelers.”
The three airlines do not currently have direct flights between Syracuse and Houston, however, they do offer select flights with simple connections in other cities.
The mayor’s letter seeks additional capacity to accommodate fans travelling from Syracuse to Houston for the Final Four.
Syracuse University men’s basketball team is making their second run in the Final Four in three years.
Read the mayor’s full letter below:
March 29, 2016
As mayor of the city of Syracuse and a Syracuse University alumna, I joined my community in excitement when I learned the Orange would be playing in the Final Four in Houston. We all remember the electric feeling of past Final Fours, when our hometown team did well, and the incredible antibiotics online canada victory we won in 2003. This is an opportunity that many fans would like to have to experience personally, and I am writing to ask you give them that chance.
While none of your carriers currently offer direct flights from Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR), to Houston’s airports, the George Bush Intercontinental (IAH), and the William P. Hobby (HOU) facilities, your airlines do provide flights which connect with relative ease. Given what I anticipate will be greater demand for customers travelling between Syracuse and Houston this week, I ask that you consider adding additional capacity to accommodate more travelers in the coming days. I can assure you that there is a customer base of eager fans looking for affordable flights to Houston, who would quickly purchase seats, and fill up planes.
A national championship run isn’t simply about winning a game; it is about uniting the spirit of community around something we can all celebrate. This is a tremendous opportunity for Syracuse’s businesses, and will certainly be a boon to the airlines who seek to add greater capacity. I appreciate your consideration this week. Please do not hesitate to reach out directly should you have any questions.
Stephanie A. Miner
Mayor of Syracuse