Plattsburgh Airport Marketed as Montreal's U.S. Airport

ALBANY, N.Y. -- The former Plattsburgh Air Force Base will be marketed as "Montreal's U.S. airport" as part of a $20 million renovation project, officials announced Tuesday.

The airport, to be called Plattsburgh International Airport when opened for passenger operations by 2007, will be marketed as a travel option for Canadians as well as Americans near the border, according to a statement released by Garry Douglas, president of the Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce.

Construction began Tuesday on a passenger terminal that is scheduled to open by 2007. The airport, which is one hour south of downtown Montreal, now serves industrial and cargo customers.

The Air Force base was closed during the 1995 round of nationwide base closures.