Editorial: More cargo at Stewart Airport is good news for Mid-Hudson region

Recent news that New York state plans to move much of the air cargo operation now at JFK Airport to Stewart Airport, as part of a multi-phase plan to improve the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s airports, is a development that the Mid-Hudson region has long hoped for, the Middletown Times Herald-Record says in an editorial.

While the announcement makes it less likely that Stewart will be a major passenger hub in the foreseeable future, “this shift in cargo traffic does make use of the facilities already in place at Stewart with the promise of more to come, meaning more business opportunities locally and, most important, more jobs.”

The editorial continues, “This news should also improve the focus of local organizations and businesses that have spent a lot of time on the thankless task of recruiting more passenger business to Stewart.