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New Syracuse-to-Denver Flights will Support Business Competitiveness

By Rob Simpson


[CenterState CEO members have] told us that convenient, affordable air service is vital to [their] business’ competitiveness, and we recognize it as a key strategic priority for the region. Surveys completed by our members specifically showed that Denver, Colorado is one of our most-traveled business routes without daily, non-stop service. Therefore, we are excited to announce, along with partners from the City of Syracuse and the Syracuse Regional Airport Authority that United Airlines is adding new, non-stop flights between Denver and Syracuse, starting June 6. 

This announcement is the result of a significant and targeted effort to bring this service to Syracuse, which will directly benefit some of Central New York’s key industries with strong ties to Colorado, including aerospace, defense, engineering, and higher education. Flights will depart Denver at 8:00 a.m. and arrive in Syracuse at 1:45 p.m.; and depart Syracuse at 2:30 p.m. and arrive in Denver at 4:30 p.m. 

This new service makes Syracuse the only upstate city with daily United flights to-and-from Denver, and the first mid-sized market in the Northeast to feature this service on a year-round basis. 

United operates more than 400 daily flights at its Denver hub to nearly 150 airports in the U.S. and 13 international destinations. Additionally, these flights will create additional convenient connections to smaller destinations in the Mountain West and West Coast regions. This announcement also compliments the significant progress made by major network carriers, including United and Delta Air Lines, as well as discount airlines, such as Frontier and Allegiant. 

If you would like to engage with our air-service development efforts or have questions about [this new] announcement, please contact Kevin Schwab, VP of air service development at: or (315) 470-1944.     

Robert M. (Rob) Simpson is president and CEO of CenterState CEO, the primary economic-development organization for Central New York. This viewpoint is drawn and edited from the “CEO Focus” email newsletter that the organization sent to members on Feb. 14. 

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