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Letter: Lebanon Airport Is No Bargain

To the Editor:

A recent letter urged Upper Valley residents to use Cape Air to make trips to Boston or New York during December so that the Lebanon Airport could qualify to receive more money from the federal government. The letter failed to mention that by accepting that money, Lebanon would be committing to keeping the airport open for another 20 years, even if Cape Air and all commercial air travel were no longer available. This kind of rosy painting of the financial status of the airport continues the promotional effort that its manager made at a recent City Council meeting where unsupported projections for new revenues were presented as a justification for continuing to have Lebanon subsidize the airport.

The letter also failed to mention that flying to New York is actually not what it appears to be. Cape Air flies only to White Plains, N.Y., from where ground transportation is provided to reach New York City. Dartmouth Coach offers passengers the trip without changing vehicles in almost the same time and for less money. Similarly, trips to Boston by Cape Air seem much less desirable than those offered by Dartmouth Coach, which takes you directly to the terminal for your flight and costs less.

If Upper Valley residents are feeling generous this time of year, the Haven would be a much better object of their generosity than Cape Air or helping Lebanon extend the burden of the airport on taxpayers.

Gabriele Popp