Stewart Intl

Stewart International Airport (IATA: SWF, ICAO: KSWF, FAA LID: SWF) is a public/military airport in Orange County, New York, United States. It is in the southern Hudson Valley, west of Newburgh, New York, approximately 60 miles (97 km) north of Manhattan, New York City. The airport is in the Town of Newburgh and the Town of New Windsor. It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year). Developed in the 1930s as a military base to allow cadets at the nearby United States Military Academy at West Point to learn aviation, it has grown into the major passenger airport for the mid-Hudson region and continues as a military airfield, housing the 105th Airlift Wing of the New York Air National Guard and Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 452 (VMGR-452) of the United States Marine Corps Reserve. The space shuttle could have landed at Stewart in an emergency. After its closure as an air force base in the early 1970s, an ambitious plan by former Governor Nelson Rockefeller to expand and develop the airport led to a protracted struggle with local landowners that led to reforms in the state's eminent domain laws but no actual development of the land acquired. In 1981 the 52 American hostages held in Iran made their return to American soil at Stewart. In 2000 the airport became the first U.S. commercial airport privatized when United Kingdom-based National Express Group was awarded a 99-year lease on the airport. After postponing its plans to change the facility's name after considerable local opposition, it announced plans to sell its rights to the airport. The privatization effectively ended in 2007, when the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey board voted to acquire the remaining 93 years of the lease. It took control of the airport on November 1 of that year. In 2008, AFCO AvPorts was awarded the contract to operate the facility. The Port Authority has been considering renaming the airport.

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