Why Westchester’s SkyPass Travel Agency has more than $4 million in new funding
Posted On August 5, 2021
Aya Travel Agency in Westchester has just received a $4.5 million infusion of new money, bringing its total funding to more than the $4 billion raised by its original round of funding last year.
The infusion, which was announced by the agency’s CEO and board in a blog post, comes as the agency prepares to launch its new service, SkyPass, which will allow travelers to book tickets to and from a variety of major airports around the country.
“We’re going to launch SkyPass early in 2018,” CEO John Harkins said in the blog post.
“It’s the first time in our history that we’re bringing the SkyPass service to Westchester.
That’s really a major deal.”
Harkons also said that the agency had reached a “favorable” funding arrangement with Westchester Airport Authority to allow it to launch the service.
SkyPass is scheduled to launch in 2019, but it is not yet available to all travelers.
The agency has been criticized for a number of factors, including its use of expensive flights and its failure to offer travel discounts to people with pre-existing conditions.
Westchester also has the largest number of private charter flights per capita in the country, and it’s a hotbed of charter operators, including Charter One and FlightGlobal, both of which operate from Westchester airports.
Harkens also said SkyPass will be the only way to travel between Westchester and New York City.