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Plattsburgh, NY

Passenger Service: PenAir offers schedule passenger service with two (2) flights per day Monday - Friday and 1 flight per day on Saturday & Sunday                                  
Airport: Plattsburgh International Airport                              
Distance from Boston =  269 miles                                
Approximate Travel Time =  1 hour                              
           

Plattsburgh is a city located on the western shore of Lake Champlain. The Saranac River flows through the city and into Lake Champlain. The closest major American city is Burlington, VT, and it can be reached via boat or ferry. Plattsburgh is located 62 miles from Montreal, Canada.  

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.6 square miles (17.0 km²), 5.1 square miles (13.1 km²) of which is land and 1.5 square miles (4.0 km²) of which (23.40%) is water. 

The population was 19,989 people, 7,600 households, and 3,473 families residing in the city according to the 2010 census. The population density was 3,919.4 people per square mile (1,525.9/km²). The population of the unincorporated areas within the Town of Plattsburgh was 11,870 as of the 2010 census, making the population for the immediate Plattsburgh, New York Region 31,859.              

Plattsburgh was founded in 1785.                                                                     

The community set itself off from the Town of Plattsburgh by incorporating as a village in 1815. The city government was established in the former village in 1902. With its significant location on a major water thoroughfare and close to the U.S.-Canadian border, Plattsburgh has been the site of a number of historic events including the Revolutionary War's Battle of Valcour Island and the War of 1812's Battle of Plattsburgh. The city has a War of 1812 museum. 

During the Cold War, military functions took a prominent role in Plattsburgh, which was home to Plattsburgh Air Force Base (PAFB) and was the location of the Strategic Air Command's primary wing on the U.S. East Coast due to its geographic desirability. The base's location in the Champlain Valley (protected by the rain shadow of the Adirondack Mountains) ensured consistent, year-round weather that was safe for take-offs and landings. The 380th Bombardment, Aerospace, and Refueling Wings, all stationed at PAFB, included B-52 Bombers, air-refueling "tankers" and FB-111s. The base had a great deal of land surface and was one of only four military bases in the United States with a landing strip large enough for a Space Shuttle landing.