Syracuse, NY – The first phase of a $48.8 million construction project to transform Syracuse Hancock International Airport into a modern-day facility has begun. The project includes a reconstruction of the terminal building increasing the facility to 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.”
Longstanding maintenance issues are now being addressed. The space in front of the terminal will provide natural light. Nearly 5,000 tons of material is being moved from the site immediately to further advance construction throughout the fall. Ticketing counters and baggage claim areas will be upgraded. More than 140,000 square feet of new terrazzo flooring will be added to the downstairs.
The airport will also be outfitted with energy efficient lighting and rooftop solar arrays.
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.
A new Regional Aviation History Museum will be located in the transit center.