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“We never once viewed the airport as a piggy bank to crack open,” said County Executive George Latimer.
New general manager Lauren Rones-Payne comes to Million Air from the luxury fashion industry.
Latimer said he planned to encourage the county legislators to “explore the issue” of bringing in an outside firm to operate the airport.
“Our job at Million Air is to really drive that first impression of Westchester,” said Million Air CEO Roger Woolsey.
Over five decades, the White Plains firm's major projects include Westchester Medical Center hospital building and Westchester County Airport terminal.
“We need much more public input, especially on the master plan first, before we even start considering any proposal for privatization,” Legislator Catherine Parker said.
The service, which will run on Mondays and Fridays beginning on Nov. 10, was designed for convenient weekend and weeklong travel, Elite officials said.
A partnership between a New York-based infrastructure company and a Spanish conglomerate has emerged as the third bidder for the Westchester County Airport.
The New York City-based infrastructure company responded to an RFP from the county for a 40-year lease to manage the airport.
At a public hearing on a draft master plan for the airport, many residents questioned its impact on the environment and on the county's terminal use agreement that limits passenger numbers.
Many rally participants held signs reading “No to Airport Privatization” and “No to LaGuardia North.”
Gelfarb cited a number of reasons for his opposition to the privatization of the Westchester County Airport, including the lease term and environmental issues.
The company plans to respond to a request for proposals issued by the county earlier this month to operate the airport.
The lounge, which is the result of a partnership with Ross Aviation, will provide JetSmarter members with an added experience as they travel in and out of the region.
The company said it would close its operation at the airport by March, citing "economic" reasons.