In better times, passengers were filling Allegiant Air flights out of Ogdensburg International Airport. On Thursday, the airline canceled all its flights in October and announced a winter hiatus from Jan. 2 to Feb. 11. Christopher Lenney/Watertown Daily Times

OGDENSBURG — Allegiant Air has ceased operations at the Ogdensburg International Airport.

The low-cost carrier, which had been flying direct to destinations in Florida since 2016, already canceled all of its scheduled October flights when Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority Executive Director Steven Lawrence learned the airline was pulling out for good.

Activity at the airport has slowed considerably since the closing of the Canadian border due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Mr. Lawrence said, so the immediate impact is somewhat diminished. It’s the future he’s concerned about.

“We need a low-cost carrier in here to keep the model that we have for our airport going,” Mr. Lawrence said. “So, we have to look to the future and that’s where the real problem lies.”

SkyWest, the airport’s Essential Air Service provider, continues to offer flights out of Ogdensburg to Washington, D.C., and Chicago.

“It’s all due to the border closure brought on by the pandemic,” Mr. Lawrence said. “With us, everything is tied with the border.”

A spokesperson for the airline, Hilarie Grey, agreed with Mr. Lawrence, citing diminished demand due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“The extended closure of the U.S.-Canadian border as well as mandatory quarantines for travel to New York have exacerbated the pandemic’s effect on demand in the area,” she said in an email. 

Ms. Grey said passengers with current reservations will have the option to re-book their travel through other Allegiant airports in the region, including Plattsburgh International Airport and Syracuse Hancock International Airport.

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