Revitalized Airport Features Larger Terminal, Modern Ticketing and Baggage Handling Processes, New Exterior Façade, Two Renovated Glass Pedestrian Bridges Above Passenger Drop-Off
Investment Complements "CNY Rising" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of a $62.4 million project to transform the Syracuse Hancock International Airport into a modern, state-of-the-art gateway for travelers living in and visiting the Central New York Region. The new and improved airport continues New York State's record infrastructure investments in the region, which have helped spur tourism, reduce unemployment and build infrastructure that will stand the test of time.
"A state-of-the-art airport is vital to regional economic growth and the new Syracuse Hancock International Airport will help usher in a bright future for Central New York," Governor Cuomo said. "The airport builds on the momentum we have already established in the region and will help us attract tourists and businesses from around the world."
"Airports across the state are being transformed with investments to support needed improvements and expansion of services," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "The completion of the modernization of the Syracuse International Airport features a larger terminal and a new exterior façade, enhancing the overall travel experience for residents and visitors. This project builds off our commitment to build infrastructure in communities and create economic development and tourism opportunities across the state."
Completed less than two years after the Governor first announced the project, the redesigned airport features a terminal that is 14,500 square feet larger than the original structure, with more modern ticketing and baggage handling processes. Additionally, a new exterior façade allows natural light to illuminate the passenger drop-off area and a precast concrete canopy that ran along the front of the terminal has been removed. Two renovated glass pedestrian bridges above the passenger drop-off area give travelers with mobile airline tickets a more efficient route to their flights, allowing them to skip ticket lines. 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, ice cream, and beverages.
The exterior of the airport features perforated steel panels to withstand inclement weather, energy efficient windows and a new rainwater collection system. Energy efficient lighting, solar arrays and a cold weather green roof canopy have also been installed to promote eco-friendly practices. The perforated steel panels that greet motorists entering the airport from the south are decorated with "SYR" lettering and the outline of a state map.
The redevelopment of Syracuse Hancock International 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 the Plattsburgh 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.
Completion of the airport project comes just weeks after Governor Cuomo announced that the Syracuse Mets have committed to call Syracuse home for at least 25 years and adds to New York State's record efforts to grow the Central New York economy. Those efforts have included the modernization of the New York State Fairgrounds; the construction of the Lakeview Amphitheater, a world-class entertainment destination; the revitalization of Onondaga Lake; and a $20 million investment in the heart of Downtown Syracuse - the restoration of the storied Hotel Syracuse—now known as the Marriott Syracuse Downtown.
A state-of-the-art airport is vital to regional economic growth and the new Syracuse Hancock International Airport will help usher in a bright future for Central New York.
New York State Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Paul A. Karas said, "Governor Cuomo's commitment to Central New York has boosted the region's economy and improved the quality of life for its residents. This investment in Syracuse Hancock International Airport will help energize the Central New York economy, creating new opportunities for growth and enhancing the region's competitiveness on a global scale."
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 David Valesky said, "The modernization of Hancock International Airport will enhance the passenger experience and bring the facility in line with other state of the art transportation hubs. I thank Gov. Cuomo for this investment in the region's air transportation needs."
Assembly Member William B. Magnarelli said, "The revitalization of the Syracuse airport is a key transportation project for our region. The airport is the first impression many visitors have of our city and region. I thank Governor Cuomo for his continued efforts and investments in Central New York."
Assembly Member Pamela Hunter said, "Renovations on Syracuse Hancock International Airport are finally complete and have been an excellent investment for the City of Syracuse and all of Central New York. Now when visitors first enter our airport, they will be greeted by a modern facility with convenient amenities. The renovations bring both practical and cosmetic improvements to Hancock and are sure to bring even more investment to Central New York as travelers enter from all over the globe."
Assembly Member Al Stirpe said, "The newly renovated Syracuse Hancock International Airport will help better connect families and businesses to the world, with more efficient boarding and safer, more secure facilities. The 21st-century facility will strengthen our economy, bolster tourism and vastly improve travelers' experiences for years to come."
Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney said, "Governor Cuomo is a true champion for Syracuse and Central New York. The new and improved Syracuse Hancock International Airport will continue to spur economic growth and boost tourism here Upstate. We are grateful for Governor Cuomo's support and thanks to his leadership New York will continue moving forward."
Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh said, "Modernizing Syracuse's airport means new jobs and economic growth to our city, strengthening Syracuse's place as an emerging leader in today's global economy. The new and improved airport will greet visitors from across the globe, contributing to New York's tourist industry and continuing to move Syracuse forward. It's yet another sign that Syracuse's best days are still ahead of us."
Additionally, a new Regional Aviation History Museum, designed with assistance from the Onondaga Historical Association, will open today in the transit center, featuring educational displays, a visual timeline of significant events and an exhibit area to showcase historic individuals from airport's past.
Of the project's $62.4 million cost, $35.8 million was provided by the state, $14.9 million was provided by the federal government and $11.7 million was provided by the Syracuse Regional Airport Authority and Onondaga County.
Operating commercial flights since 1949, Syracuse Hancock International Airport handles 53 arrivals and 53 departures daily. The airport eclipsed 1 million enplanements in 2017, according to FAA data.
Accelerating CNY 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 more than $5.6 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. More information is available here.
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