Governor Awards $35 Million in Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization Competition Funding to Accelerate Airport's Redesign
Airport Redevelopment Project Will Create More than 850 Construction Jobs
Redesign Includes New Regional Aviation History Museum, Glass Pedestrian Bridge, and a Cold Weather Green Roof
See Renderings of the New Airport Here
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Syracuse Hancock International Airport will receive $35.8 million in funding to drive forward a $45.1 million transformation of the airport. This investment will turn an archaic facility into a state-of-the-art transportation hub that meets the needs of the 21st century traveler. The overhaul of the airport’s aging infrastructure includes a wide-scale redesign of the grand hall, food, beverage and retail concessions, and the exterior façade. In addition, a new Regional Aviation History Museum, glass pedestrian bridge, and eco-friendly roof will be built along with new flooring and furniture to provide a welcoming atmosphere for travelers from across the world. The project is expected to create more than 850 construction jobs.
“Central New York requires a world-class airport to serve as a front door to the region’s array of attractions and keep the region competitive in the 21st century – and that’s exactly what this project will accomplish,” Governor Cuomo said. “This investment takes revitalization efforts to new heights by transforming the Syracuse Hancock International Airport to improve travel in and out of Central New York. Through the Upstate Airport Competition, we are bringing a state-of-the-art flying experience in cities across the state, attracting more businesses with new economic opportunities, and laying the groundwork for continued growth for decades to come.”
To remain competitive in today’s global economy, New York must reimagine and rebuild the gateways to this State. Governor Cuomo’s announcement today was part of the second round of the $200 million Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization Competition, which first launched last year.
Transforming Syracuse Hancock International Airport
The Syracuse Hancock International Airport supports more than 7,500 jobs and generates nearly $597 million in economic impact throughout Central New York. This latest investment will increase economic opportunity, attract new businesses and visitors, and improve the overall passenger experience. The remaining funding for the project will be provided by the airport, county and federal government. The project will renovate, rehabilitate and revitalize the Syracuse Hancock International Airport’s facilities and infrastructure, transforming it into a world-class passenger transit center.
The specifics of the redesign plan announced today are outlined below:
- A wide-scale redesign of the terminal building will offer travelers a more spacious airport that features new flooring and furniture.
- A new Regional Aviation History Museum will be located in the transit center, designed with assistance from the Onondaga Historical Association, to feature educational displays, a visual timeline of significant events, and an exhibit area to showcase historic people from airport’s past.
- A new exterior façade will provide natural light to the passenger drop-off area for the first time in decades and will feature an eco-friendly green roof canopy.
- Above the passenger drop-off area, a new glass pedestrian bridge will provide passengers using mobile airline tickets a more efficient route, connecting them directly to flights by skipping the ticketing lines.
- The exterior of the airport will feature perforated Corten Steel panels to withstand inclement weather, energy efficient windows, and a new rainwater collection system.
- The airport will also be outfitted with energy efficient lighting and a cold weather green roof to make better use of space, while promoting eco-friendly practices.
The construction projects related to this revitalization are expected to create a total of 869 new jobs in Central New York. The new Syracuse Hancock International Airport is expected to be completed by 2019.
New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll said, “This investment will improve safety and security and make Syracuse Hancock International Airport a modern transportation hub. As with so many of Governor Cuomo’s major transportation infrastructure projects, this plan will create jobs, boost the regional economy, and help attract and retain businesses that rely on access to reliable air transportation.”
In the first round of awards as part of the Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization competition, $40 million was awarded to Elmira Corning Regional Airport towards the airport's $58 million transformation, and $39.8 million in funding was awarded to the Greater Rochester International Airport to activate a $63.4 million transformation.
The competition includes $190 million to support airport projects, in addition to $10 million allocated through the Governor’s Aviation Capital Grant Program, which supports safety, infrastructure, and economic development projects at smaller airports across the State. This plan builds upon the success of Governor Cuomo’s Master Plan Design Competition for LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy Airports, as well as the transformative efforts already underway Downstate.
Accelerating Central NY Rising
Today's announcement complements “Central NY Rising,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested nearly $3 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan – capitalizing on global market opportunities, strengthening entrepreneurship and creating an inclusive economy. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Syracuse, Oswego and Auburn as a destination to grow and invest in.
Now, the region is accelerating Central NY Rising with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State’s $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 5,900 new jobs.