Revitalized Airport Offers New Customs Facility and Air Cargo Receiving and Distribution Center, Easing Travel and Encouraging Business Growth
Memorandum of Agreement with U.S. Customs and Border Protection Will Establish Federal Inspection Services at Airport
Photos of the New Airport Are Available Here
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of a $42.9 million project to modernize the Plattsburgh International Airport. The upgraded facility will improve the passenger experience and better support the growing transportation equipment and aerospace industry locally and across the North Country region. The new and improved airport continues the State's record infrastructure investments in Upstate New York, which have helped spur tourism, reduce unemployment and build 21st century infrastructure.
"Plattsburgh International Airport is a key gateway to the North Country and it is critical to creating jobs and economic opportunity today and into the future," Governor Cuomo said. "Transportation infrastructure is the foundation for robust economic growth and this modern, revitalized airport will enable the region to meet the demands of the 21st century, improve travel and encourage additional investment."
"We're modernizing airports across upstate to improve the travel experience and fuel economic growth," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "The renovations to Plattsburgh International Airport will increase capacity, enhance security, and add new dining options for passengers. This nearly $45 million transformation of Plattsburgh Airport will ensure it continues to be an economic driver in the North County, attracting businesses and boosting tourism in the region."
This project is transforming an underutilized former military facility into a state-of-the-art transportation and economic development hub. The improvements are enhancing the passenger experience at the airport by increasing capacity, enhancing safety and adding new retail options and concessions, including a world-class dining facility called "The Rendezvous." Additionally, a Taste NY grab-and-go kiosk will promote New York's food and beverage producers and provide travelers the opportunity to purchase locally made and grown snacks, such as chips, candies, apples, and beverages.
A new passenger boarding bridge was installed last spring, bringing the total number of boarding bridges to three and will enable international passengers to deplane directly to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, instead of having to walk across the airport tarmac. The main terminal parking lot was also rehabilitated, smoothing the pavement, installing a redesigned airport access road, upgrading ticketing equipment and improving drainage. A cell phone parking lot and four electric vehicle charging stations were also added.
Additionally, Greyhound and Trailways have agreed to initiate service to a new intermodal facility at the airport, providing seamless transportation options for people traveling to and from the airport. Creating more efficient transportation connections will increase passenger traffic and boost economic opportunities for the airport and the North Country.
The Plattsburgh International Airport and U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement as the first step in establishing Federal Inspection Services at the Airport. The new Customs facility will enable the Airport to fully realize its regional and international economic potential, paving the way for the Adirondack North Country's transformation into an international gateway for commercial and general aviation traffic as well as international air cargo operations.
Other improvements include:
- New general aviation Customs facility that will expand international connectivity and allow foreign aircraft to use the North Country airport as a base of operations. The facility allows direct international arrivals for business, charter and cargo aircraft, enhancing security and improving the convenience and ease of passenger traffic.
- New air cargo receiving and distribution center that will allow manufacturers to transport their own materials, create jobs and attract new companies to the region.
- New multimodal terminal for taxis and passenger bus service, improving mobility options for travelers and airport employees.
- 60,000-square-foot industrial facility, which will be outfitted by early 2019 for its new tenant Vapor Stone Rail Systems.
- Seven on-airport commercial and industrial facilities, including two aircraft hangars and an updated car rental vehicle servicing facility to improve the ability of rental car companies to quickly clean and service their vehicles, better serving airport customers.
- A site for a future hotel was cleared and a parking lot for it was installed.
The $42.9 million airport overhaul is being supported by $38.1 million in state funding through Round Two of the Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization Competition. The Development Corporation of Plattsburgh is providing an additional $3.1 million for the project, and Clinton County is providing $1.7 million.
To remain competitive in today's global economy, New York must reimagine and rebuild the gateways to the State, and given its physical characteristics and its geographic location, a revitalized Plattsburgh International Airport has the potential to be a key economic driver for the North Country.
New York State Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Paul A. Karas said, "Governor Cuomo is investing in transportation across New York State to enhance mobility, support business and foster economic development. With these dramatic improvements, the Plattsburgh International Airport is up to date and ready to thrive."
State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, "I'm proud of the marketing opportunities that the Taste NY program provides our New York farms and food and beverage businesses. Since the Governor created the program five years ago, Taste NY has grown to include more producers and has significantly increased the number of locations where consumers can find delicious and unique New York products. By including Taste NY in each of the State's newly reconstructed airports, we're helping to boost the exposure of our local producers and expand their reach to new markets."
Senator Betty Little said, "The transformation of the Plattsburgh airport is a critical infrastructure project for our region. When many visitors travel to our city and region, their first impression will be our airport and, for a tourism dependent region like ours, first impressions really count. The modernizations made to the facility will greatly improve the experience of all travelers and help our local economy continue to grow. Working with Governor Cuomo and Assemblyman Jones, I am pleased to see this continued investment coming out of the State Capitol to benefit us here in the North Country."
Assembly Member Billy Jones said, "A modern transportation network is a critical component of having a successful regional economy, and the transformation of the Plattsburgh International Airport will not only support economic growth in the North Country, it will also enhance the experience of all travelers. By modernizing the airport's infrastructure, we are continuing on an upward trajectory of economic growth."
Michael E. Zurlo, Clinton County Administrator, said, "The newly renovated Plattsburgh International Airport will help better connect the North Country to the world. A newly-constructed general aviation customs facility will now allow any private international aircraft to utilize our airport which will certainly increase economic activity in the region. Further, a new boarding bridge at our terminal building will enhance the passenger experience for commercial international travelers. These upgrades, together with the many other improvements funded under this initiative, greatly improve both our industrial and commercial airport operations. I am grateful to Governor Cuomo for his dedication in turning our vision of a new, modernized airport into a reality."
Harry McManus, Chair of the Clinton County Legislature said, "Governor Cuomo has consistently made significant investments in New York's infrastructure, and he has continued that today with the completion of the new and improved Plattsburgh International Airport. The transformative and far-reaching improvements to our airport will grow our tourism industry, create jobs and rejuvenate our communities, spurring economic growth throughout our entire region. I thank Governor Cuomo for his commitment to revitalizing infrastructure and airports in the North Country and statewide. We are in a much better position today, to compete globally and continue the economic progress demonstrated by this region over the past several years."
Colin L. Read, Mayor, City of Plattsburgh said, "The revitalization of the Plattsburgh International Airport will broaden economic and tourism opportunities across the North Country, helping both our local and state economy. With these modernizations, we are not only greatly enhancing our efforts to create more jobs and spur economic growth, we are attracting visitors from across the world to experience the beauty of our region and grow our tourism industry. I thank Governor Cuomo for this significant investment in the City of Plattsburgh."
Michael S. Cashman, Supervisor, Town of Plattsburgh, said, "The Plattsburgh International Airport is nothingness than a transformational project. Our town and the entire North Country are already experiencing the enormously positive impact. These modernizations will create more jobs and deliver both short- and long-term benefits to our communities. We are thankful for the historic investments made by Governor Cuomo continue to help us elevate Plattsburgh and grow the North Country economy."
Garry Douglas, President and CEO of the North Country Chamber of Commerce and Co-Chair of the NCREDC, said, "The North Country Chamber has long said that where things move is where prosperity occurs, and that is why the continued development and maximization of Plattsburgh International Airport is such a Regional priority. Thanks to the support and confidence of Governor Cuomo, we are now ready for a new period of economic development at the airport, with WABTEC committed and other prospects in the pipeline, will soon have Customs on site and have completed terminal improvements that already helped us secure United Express service. We thank the Governor for all of his continued partnership, with many advances just ahead thanks to this extraordinary investment."
Crystal Booker, Greyhound Spokesperson, said, "Greyhound Lines, Inc. is excited to announce its new stop at the Plattsburgh International Airport as they partner with Trailways of New York. Working together to provide two northbound and two southbound schedules per day, this partnership will provide increased access to transportation for Plattsburgh residents and its visitors by the close of 2018."
The redevelopment of Plattsburgh International Airport was undertaken as part of Governor Cuomo's Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization competition. Elmira Corning Regional Airport, the Greater Rochester International Airport, Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport, Albany International Airport and Syracuse Hancock International Airport are also part of the initiative, which seeks to enhance safety and economic development, improve operations and access, reduce environmental impact, and create a better passenger experience.
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