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New carrier could help in airfare fight

Airport officials: JetBlue in Albany would lower prices

Passengers visit the Southwest Airlines ticket counter at Albany International Airport last Thursday.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Passengers visit the Southwest Airlines ticket counter at Albany International Airport last Thursday.
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Before Southwest Airlines decided to begin flying from Albany International Airport in 2000, there had been growing discontent over the cost of airfares for flights out of Albany. Federal officials had met the year before to gauge just how high fares were in the region, from which business travelers were known to drive three hours north to catch cheaper flights out of Montreal. A Siena Research Institute survey cited top executives at more than 1,000 ...

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