About Plattsburgh Airport (PBG)
Plattsburgh International Airport is a very small airport very close to the Canadian border in upstate New York. The drive from Montreal is about 1 hour. Plattsburgh Airport actually brands itself as Montreal’s US Airport.
Plattsburgh is a small airport and only very small charter airlines and a few commercial carriers fly there. Spirit Air and Alegiant Air have service to Florida and South Carolina, while Pen Air provides service to Boston.
Plattsburgh Airport is a cheap alternative for those interested in flying to Florida. Flights on the “no-frills” carriers that fly to Plattsburgh are going to be cheaper than the commercial carriers that will fly out of Montreal Trudeau or Burlington. These do come with the no-frills service so be aware that Spirit Airlines will charge you for your carry-on bag.
Another consideration is that you will waste much less time at the airport than you would at Montreal Trudeau or even Burlington. Plattsburgh is a very small airport, so there will be much less time wasted at the airport on security and long lines.
I set a savings threshold of $20 / person / way over Montreal Trudeau Airport for it to be worthwhile.
From Montreal, there are a few options to getting to Plattsburgh Airport. The best options are driving your own car, which will take about 1 hour, or taking the Adirondack Trailways bus. The bus budgets about 1.5 hours (according to the schedule) and costs about $22.50 each way.
If you drive your own car, parking can be had for $5 – $7 / day on the airport grounds depending on your preferred lot. There don’t seem to be any other lots around the airport.