April 24, 2018
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Major Milestone in the Construction of the Greater Rochester International Airport

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Terminal Entrance Canopy Installation Begins Today with 80 Foot Steel Span, the First of Six Spans to be Installed at the Facility

$79.4 Million Project Part of Governor Cuomo's $200 Million Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization Competition

Investment Complements "Finger Lakes Forward" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a major milestone in the construction of the Greater Rochester International Airport, which is slated to be complete this fall. As part of the $79.4 million redevelopment project, the first of six such canopy sections was installed at the facility today. The project is supported through Governor Cuomo's $200 million Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization Competition. Much of the work that has been done to date has taken place inside the airport, including TSA checkpoint upgrades, terminal improvement and concessions. This new steel canopy represents the first outside work that will be visible to the public, marking a major milestone in the transformation of this Upstate transportation facility.

"This milestone is great news for Rochester as we seek to reimagine airports across New York to improve the functionality, safety and security of these critical transportation hubs," Governor Cuomo said. "New York's airports are the gateways to regional tourist destinations and businesses, and by transforming Rochester Airport we will make it easier to visit Monroe County and drive economic activity in the Finger Lakes region for decades to come." 

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul joined state and local officials today as the first of six such canopy sections was installed at the Greater Rochester International Airport.

"Airports are the gateways to our communities, and as a frequent visitor to our upstate airports I know how important the customer experience is," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "One of New York's signature investments in the Finger Lakes region is the transformation of the Greater Rochester International Airport. Investing in infrastructure provides a significant boost to our local economies. The upgrades to the Rochester Airport will help to fuel the growth of the region and bolster our Finger Lakes Forward strategy."

The steel canopy section being installed is an 80-foot steel span that weighs 13,000 pounds. A total of six such spans will make up one giant 75,0000-square-foot terminal entrance canopy at the airport. Once complete, this state-of-the-art canopy will help protect the roadway outside the terminal from snow and ice during the winter, provide protection for people waiting curbside, have a full 40,000-gallon rainwater collection system for irrigation and landscaping during the summer months, as well as 24-hour enhanced security measures and LED lighting at night.  

The new and improved airport will feature color-coded navigation between Concourses A and B, energy efficient windows, Bluetooth connectivity, a play area designed with input from the Strong National Museum of Play, enhanced LED lighting on the airport roadway, a smart phone lot, improved accessibility using technology engineered by the Rochester Institute for Technology's National Technical Institute for the Deaf, and a feasibility study on the creation of an on-site business incubator to further expand and develop accessibility technologies for airports

First built in 1928, the Greater Rochester International Airport is undergoing a $79.4 million transformation, which includes $39.8 million in state funding, $39.2 million in county/airport authority funding, and $400,000 in federal funding. The Airport is served by seven major domestic carriers, including Air Canada, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest and United Airlines and handles approximately 115 flights per day and approximately 2.4 million passengers annually.    

Rochester is one of four upstate airports being redeveloped under the Governor's Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization Competition. The other three are located in Elmira, Plattsburgh and Syracuse. 

Acting State Department of Transportation Commissioner Paul A. Karas said, "Airports are vital regional gateways for visitors from across the globe. As someone who has been working with the airport industry for a long time, I know that first impressions are everything. We want our upstate airports to have that 'wow' factor for new visitors, and the new and improved Greater Rochester International Airport will be designed to impress today's sophisticated traveler." 

Senator Joseph Robach said, "Today's announcement is a major step forward for the Greater Rochester International Airport revitalization project. I am thrilled to see the eco-friendly canopy coming together and the continued investment in this facility. I look forward to its completion later this year and the improved accommodations it will provide for travelers to and from the Rochester region."

Assemblyman Joe Morelle said, "Thanks to the Governor's leadership in helping see this significant infrastructure project through, the Greater Rochester International Airport is one step closer to opening this fall. I applaud all of the hard-working men and women who are putting in the time every day to help build an improved and expanded transit hub for travelers to this region. We look forward to welcoming visitors from all over to the new and improved airport for years to come."

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said, "This a very 'uplifting' day for residents and families across our community. Today we are putting the first pieces in place to build a brighter future with more visitors, more employers, and more jobs right here in Monroe County. The Airport is the front door to our community and this project will help us make a great first impression with visitors and employers flying to our region. This state-of-the-art new canopy is a major element of our job-supporting Airport Renovation Project and I thank Governor Cuomo and our State Legislative Delegation for their critical support."

Greater Rochester International Airport Interim Director Andrew G. Moore said, "I am grateful for the resources and investments we have received from New York State under the leadership of Governor Cuomo. This transformative project is exactly what the regional economy needs to continue to attract visitors and businesses to the area, as elected and community leaders work to move this region forward."

Accelerating Finger Lakes Forward 

Today's announcement complements "Finger Lakes Forward," the region's comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $5.2 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan - investing in key industries including photonics, agriculture and food production, and advanced manufacturing. 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 Rochester, Batavia and Canandaigua as a destination to grow and invest in.

Now, the region is accelerating Finger Lakes Forward 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 8,200 new jobs. More information is available here. 

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