The number of takeoffs and landings at Griffiss International Airport is down since 2011.That is a nose-dive in flights no matter how you look at it. Our officials are blaming the economy and they are right -- THE LOCAL ECONOMY. Oneida County has been shedding jobs and people from long before the national malaise due to the high cost of doing business here -- and spending another $1.5 million on this facility on top of the tens of millions previously spent before has only worsened the situation.
Recent figures from the Federal Aviation Administration show a drop-off of more than 30 percent, from 60,265 in 2011 to 40,474 in 2012.
How much money have we lost on our "investment" so far?
Griffiss "International" has been a boondoggle of get-rich projects for the connected elite... but the average tax payer has nothing to show for it... less than nothing because a perfectly good airport in Whitestown was destroyed for it. Griffiss International will mire the region in debt and other expenses for years to come.
And the sad thing is . . . by applying a little common sense this outcome would have been known from the very beginning.