Bus service between New York and Stewart Airport restored

With the first international flights to New York Stewart International Airport (SWF) since 2019, SWF Express bus service has been restored between the central Hudson Valley airport and the bus terminal in the Port Authority in midtown Manhattan.

Express bus service had been mostly discontinued since Norwegian Air’s last flight from Stewart in September 2019, operating only occasionally. The restored and stable service is timed for the announcement that Icelandic low-cost carrier Play Airlines will begin offering flights between Stewart and Iceland from July.

The bus journey time between the Newburgh-based airport and the Port Authority terminal on 8th Avenue is approximately 75 minutes each way, and the service will be demand-based and scheduled according to timetables flight from Play.

Related: 5 things to know about New York Stewart International Airport

The bus service now offers New York residents a second stable transit option to get to Stewart for flights. A $1 shuttle service from the Metro-North station in Beacon operates Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8:25 p.m.

The Stewart Airport Express bus is the only direct link between the airport and New York. The 55-seat coaches offer WiFi and luggage space. A one-way ticket costs $20 for adults and $10 for children, and can be booked online in advance or at the airport.

Stewart Airport is staging a comeback after a difficult few years as many airlines suspended flights during the pandemic. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport, launched a marketing campaign and five-point strategic plan last year to entice carriers to come to Stewart and expand airport services. Stewart contributes $145 million to economic activity in the region and supports more than 800 jobs and $53 million in annual wages.

Currently, Allegiant Air flies to five domestic markets and Frontier Airlines flies to three Florida destinations from Stewart; Play will soon join them as the airport’s third carrier. A second international carrier, Norse Atlantic Airways, recently received interim approval to operate flights between Stewart and Oslo, potentially as early as late spring or summer. Delta and JetBlue suspended service out of Stewart in 2020 and have not announced plans to return.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this report incorrectly stated that bus service had been discontinued since 2019. Bus service was significantly reduced after Norwegian Air left Stewart, but operated occasionally and now service is bus is restored to a regular schedule. We regret the error.

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Melvin Z. Madore