Cornell MBA graduate helps county task force lure added air carrier
Great, now Ithaca has Northwest Airlines!
By Linda Myers
One of the people cheering the news this week that Northwest Airlines will soon be serving Tompkins Regional Airport is Charles Hamilton, a 2004 MBA graduate of Cornell's Johnson Graduate School of Management.
Hamilton himself deserves a few cheers for playing a seminal role in bringing in a second air carrier to the airport, which also is served by U.S. Airways.
U.S. Airways now is successfully emerging from financial difficulties and is continuing to provide the county with air service, but last year, when the airline filed to reorganize and cut back flights to its hub city of Pittsburgh, the need for a second, complementary air carrier -- a goal for years -- suddenly became much more urgent. It impelled Cornell, along with Ithaca College, both members of the Tompkins County Air Service Task Force, to come up with funding for a special projects position. The 20-member task force, which has representatives from area businesses, colleges and government, approved, and Hamilton was hired for the job soon after he completed his MBA.