The Monroe County legislature voted on Tuesday night to rename the Greater Rochester International Airport, in honor of Frederick Douglass. The new name for the airport would be the Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport.

In July, Monroe County Executive Adam Bello said that his administration would begin working with the County Legislature, the Federal Aviation Administration, and airport stakeholders to study the name change.

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Monroe County Executive Adam Bello plans to advance an effort to name the Greater Rochester International Airport after Frederick Douglass, he announced Tuesday.

Bello said that the county will begin working with the Monroe County Legislature, the Federal Aviation Administration, and airport stakeholders over the next few weeks to study a potential name change.

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A cargo jet went off a runway at the Greater Rochester International Airport on Friday morning, briefly halting air traffic at the airport .

It happened just after 9:00 a.m., when a 737 DHL cargo plane operated by Kalitta Air went off a runway onto the grass as it was preparing for takeoff.

There were two pilots on board, neither was injured.  Both runways at the airport were temporarily closed  because of where the airplane was located.

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President Donald Trump says the U.S. is issuing an emergency order grounding all Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 aircraft in the wake of a crash of an Ethiopian Airliner that killed 157 people.

Many nations in the world had already barred the Boeing 737 Max 8 from its airspace, but until now, the Federal Aviation Administration had been saying that it didn't have any data to show the jets are unsafe.


JetBlue will offer daily non-stop service from Rochester to Boston.

That according to New York Senator Chuck Schumer who says the roundtrip flights from the Greater Rochester International Airport to Logan International in Boston will fly once per day and the service is expected to being on January 8.

Schumer says that right now, the only airline that flies from Rochester direct to Boston is American Airlines.

He says adding JetBlue can help keep ticket prices affordable. Schumer says he has pushed for the new route in numerous conversations with JetBlue officials.

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NEW YORK (AP) Sen. Charles Schumer is urging the Transportation Security Administration to put more dogs on the passenger-screening line to reduce long delays for travelers going through security at New York City airports.

The Democrat says the highly trained dogs and additional TSA workers would get travelers through the lines more quickly while improving security.

He cited a regional transit authority report that the average maximum wait time for travelers at Kennedy airport in a monthlong period ending April 15 increased 82 percent from the same period last year.

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Governor Cuomo says he'll propose new spending to revitalize upstate airports, during his State of the State message.

"I want to invest $200 million in upstate airports, to make them state of the art, so we get more flights, more business coming into upstate New York."

He announced his plans during a Saturday visit to the NYS Fairgrounds near Syracuse.

Fresh off the announcement that Southwest Airlines would replace AirTran Airways at the Greater Rochester International Airport in April, County Executive Maggie Brooks revealed that the Southwest will offer non-stop service to Chicago.

Southwest Airlines is Coming to Rochester

Oct 18, 2012
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No more driving to Buffalo to fly Southwest Airlines. Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks announced that Southwest is officially coming to Rochester in April. 

Investigators Look Into Why Plane Skidded off Runway

Feb 23, 2012

A United Airlines flight from Chicago skidded off the runway late last night at Rochester's airport. Officials say there were 45 people on board, and there were no injuries.

Click on the audio player above to listen WXXI’s LeShea Agnew’s interview with interim airport director Angela Veltre from Thursday morning.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the cause of the accident, which occurred shortly after 11:30 Wednesday night.

The plane was towed from its position off the runway, and maintenance personnel were checking the aircraft for any damage.