The five-hour drive to Albany is being replaced with a 40-minute flight.
OneJet started its non-stop flights between Buffalo and Albany Tuesday morning, the first time in seven years travelers can make the trip between the Queen City and the Capital.
Travelers to Albany will leave Buffalo at 7 a.m. and 4:50 p.m.; flights to Buffalo depart at 8:20 a.m. and 6:10 p.m.
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul says this is bridging the gap for businesses and even politicians as it cuts down travel time.
“I thought it was wonderful because I’ve been going back-and-forth for two years now and it takes me about 4 1/2 hours from door-to-door from my house to the our other office,” said Kevin Cross, one of the first to utilizing OneJet’s service.
Flights are averaging about $200 round trip, which could be an economical alternative to driving when gas, tolls and a hotel stay are factored into the overall cost of a venture to Albany.