October 17, 2017
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces First Phase of Construction Begins on $48.8 Million Revitalization of the Syracuse Hancock International Airport

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Revamped Airport to Serve as a Gateway for Central New York Visitors and Create More than 850 Construction Jobs

Investment Complements "Central NY Rising" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy

Renderings of this State-of-the-Art Facility Available Here

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the first phase of a $48.8 million construction project to transform Syracuse Hancock International Airport into a modern-day facility has officially begun. First announced by the Governor in January, the new project includes a wide-scale redesign and reconstruction of the terminal building, which will offer travelers a more modern and spacious airport, with the terminal itself increasing by 14,500 square feet. Construction is scheduled to conclude in the fall of 2018. 

"Across the state we are investing in revitalizing and rebuilding our deteriorating airports and transforming them into vital gateways," Governor Cuomo said. "With this project to revamp the Syracuse Hancock International Airport, we are investing in a state-of-the-art facility worthy of the Empire State that will greet passengers flying into Central New York for generations to come."

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The new project includes the removal of the existing overhead precast concrete drive-thru canopy along the front of the terminal to address longstanding maintenance issues and open the space in front of the terminal for natural light. Nearly 5,000 tons of material is being moved from the site immediately to further advance construction throughout the fall.

The new terminal will include new amenities to improve the travel experience including better food, beverage and retail options, e-ticketing, upgraded ticketing counters and baggage claim areas. More than 140,000 square feet of new terrazzo flooring will be added to the downstairs section of the facility. 

In addition, more than 25,000 square feet of new glass will be installed during the project as well as a brand new, 650-foot-long canopy with LED lights, which will keep cars and passengers protected from the elements during arrival and departure. Above the passenger drop-off area, two renovated glass pedestrian bridges 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 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 rooftop solar arrays.

A new Regional Aviation History Museum will be located in the transit center, designed with assistance from the Onondaga Historical Association. It will feature educational displays, a visual timeline of significant events, and an exhibit area to showcase historic people from airport's past.

"With this project to revamp the Syracuse Hancock International Airport, we are investing in a state-of-the-art facility worthy of the Empire State that will greet passengers flying into Central New York for generations to come."

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Acting State Transportation Commissioner Cathy Calhoun said, "Governor Cuomo's unprecedented commitment to enhancing Central New York's economic competitiveness is inextricably linked with this historic investment in the revitalization of the Syracuse Hancock International Airport. Though the modernization of the region's roads, rails and airports, the Governor continues to move our Upstate economy forward."

Senator David J. Valesky said, "Syracuse's Hancock Airport is long overdue for the infrastructure improvements it needs to be a first-class transportation hub. This project will create hundreds of jobs and make Central New York a more attractive place to new businesses and industries. I applaud Gov. Cuomo for this investment in upstate that will expand economic opportunities and spur growth."

Assemblymember William B. Magnarelli said, "I am excited for these needed improvements to Hancock International Airport. I am pleased that our State government, led by Governor Cuomo, is addressing needed infrastructure improvements. Hancock is a vital transportation and economic hub for the region. New facilities will help Hancock attract carriers and flights, and will improve the travel experience for all. They will help the City and region make a good first impression on new visitors to our area. I look forward to the completion of this important infrastructure project."

Assemblymember Pamela J. Hunter said, "The revitalization of Hancock International Airport is crucial for continued economic growth in Central New York. For many, the airport is the first experience upon entering the Syracuse area. A modern and renovated airport signals that the region is ready for new and continued investment. The job creation from this initiative is sure to go beyond the positions needed for construction. I applaud the Governor's initiative and I am happy to be a supporter of this project."

Assemblymember Al Stirpe said, "The first phase of the Syracuse Hancock International Airport construction project promises to bring our region's airport into the 21st century and boost our local economy. This historic investment will modernize the entire facility and improve the travel experience for residents and visitors alike. I'll continue working in Albany to promote further investment in our Central New York infrastructure and in our region's economy."

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney said, "We are excited that construction is starting at the Syracuse Airport. Thanks to Governor Cuomo's leadership and the investment from New York State, Syracuse will soon be home to a state-of-the-art airport with the modern amenities travelers have come to expect. Our community will benefit tremendously from the real jobs this project will create as well as the future growth in our tourism and business sectors."

Total construction costs will amount to $48.8 million, with state funding of $35.8 million, federal funding of $9.1 million and $3.9 million from Syracuse Regional Airport Authority and Onondaga County.

Commercial flights began in Syracuse in 1949 and the terminal was originally built in 1962 with subsequent renovations and additions through the years. Syracuse Hancock International Airport averages one million passenger boardings per year and services six airlines, three cargo hubs and 15 affiliates.

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 more than $4.7 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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