$40 Million in State Funding Awarded Through Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization Competition
Investment Complements "Southern Tier Soaring," the Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that construction is rapidly progressing on a $58.3 million project that will transform the Elmira Corning Regional Airport into a modern, world-class aviation gateway. Much of the work will be completed by mid-summer, with full project completion expected this fall. Renderings of the new airport highlight the enhanced passenger experience and new amenities that will be available.
"The project currently underway at Elmira Corning Regional Airport will ease travel, create jobs and encourage business expansion in the Southern Tier now and well into the future," Governor Cuomo said. "Investments like this across New York are sending the message that our airports are equipped to handle 21st century transportation needs and cater to visitors traveling for both leisure and business."
In 2016, Governor Cuomo awarded $40 million toward the transformation of the Elmira Corning Regional Airport through the Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization Competition. The project will significantly increase the airport's security, as well as ticketing and boarding spaces. It will also add a new jet bridge to handle larger aircraft, a state-of-the-art baggage claim belt, 300 new parking spaces, a new lounge and restaurant prior to the security gates, and state-of-the-art passenger amenities.
Some of the major work, including installation of the new jet bridge, baggage claim belt and upgrades to the concourse and departure lounges, will be completed this summer. Other work, such as restaurant construction and ticketing area upgrades will be completed in the fall. Construction on the airport upgrades began in 2017.
Transforming Elmira Corning Regional Airport
Elmira Corning Regional Airport was built in 1960 and has not undergone a significant renovation in more than 25 years. An average of 150,000 people a year board planes at the airport, which is cramped, outdated, and lacks basic passenger amenities. Currently, passengers who board large aircraft, such as A320s or B737s, must walk onto the tarmac because the airport's jet bridges are too low.
The airport redesign includes:
- Expanding the airport by more than 50 percent, raising the concourse and adding a new jet bridge (for a total of three) to service large aircraft and eliminate the need for passengers to walk outdoors;
- Installing a state-of-the-art baggage claim belt to handle increased volume;
- Creating 300 new parking spaces, for a total parking capacity of 1,225 vehicles;
- Establishing a new restaurant and lounge prior to the security gates with food and shopping kiosks behind the security gates;
- Constructing an enclosed courtyard that showcases the local landscape, built with sustainable building and renewable energy technologies, including geothermal and photovoltaic systems that reduce airport energy costs; and
- Installing energy efficient lighting and state-of-the-art security cameras, and upgrading wayfinding information.
New York State Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Paul A. Karas said, "Governor Cuomo is leading the way in modernizing our aviation infrastructure, improving mobility, encouraging economic development and leaving a working legacy for future generations. Airports are all about economic development and by making a focused investment in the Elmira Corning Regional Airport, we are supporting local communities and the entire Southern Tier."
Senator Thomas F. O'Mara said, "The Elmira Corning Regional Airport is a cornerstone of the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regional aviation industry and has an enormously positive impact across the regional economy. The ongoing, major state investment to remake the future of the Elmira Corning Regional Airport will create jobs, make the Southern Tier more competitive, and deliver economic growth and other short- and long-term benefits to local communities."
Assemblyman Philip A. Palmesano said, "Upgrades at the Elmira Corning Regional Airport have been long overdue and this significant state investment is going to transform its facade, technology and accessibility to secure its place as a viable Southern Tier transportation hub for years to come. Thank you to New York State and the Southern Tier REDC for making this major investment in our regional aviation infrastructure possible."
County Executive Thomas J. Santulli said, "We are extremely pleased with the construction progress at the Elmira Corning Regional Airport (ELM) that will transform our Airport facility into a world-class transportation hub for the Southern Tier. The $40 million of State funding awarded to the County by Governor Cuomo, along with FAA and local government monies, will allow us to continue to attract new air carriers, generate private investment, create new jobs, and promote economic opportunities for years to come. When the Airport transformational project is complete, ELM will truly be the gateway to the future for the Southern Tier of New York and the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania."
Accelerating Southern Tier Soaring
Today's announcement complements "Southern Tier Soaring," the region's comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $4.6 billion in the region since 2012 to lay for groundwork for the plan - attracting a talented workforce, growing business and driving innovation. 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 Binghamton, Johnson City and Corning as a destination in which to grow and invest. Now, the region is accelerating Southern Tier Soaring 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 10,200 new jobs. More information is available here.