Upstate New York airports will receive funding for security upgrades

New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced $230 million in grants to nine upstate airports for revitalization projects that include various safety upgrades. This funding comes from the Upstate Airports Economic Development and Revitalization Competition, a competitive solicitation that aims to promote, revitalize and accelerate investment in upstate commercial passenger service airports.

The competition was administered by the New York State Department of Transportation and was open to upstate commercial passenger service airports and airports providing specialty services for commercial aircraft and/or business jets. . Applicants were encouraged to apply for funding for a single project or program of projects that will help meet the demands of the 21st century. Examples of eligible activities included, but were not limited to, the planning, design and construction of:

  • State-of-the-art departure hall and concession areas
  • Expansion or rehabilitation of the terminal
  • Improved security filtering
  • Opportunities to move passengers more safely and efficiently with better distance during and after the COVID-19 pandemic
  • New innovations in touchless technology and an increased focus on cleanliness and disinfection

Projects submitted for consideration by eligible airports were evaluated based on established criteria including, but not limited to, innovation in design, passenger amenities and experience, operational efficiency and quality. economic efficiency for the airport region.

Individual projects include the following security highlights:

Albany International Airport: $60 million for the airport terminal expansion, which will provide improved pre- and post-screening passenger amenities and more efficient passenger flow through security.

Greater Binghamton Airport/Edwin A Link Field: $32 million to fund two projects, the first of which will relocate the General Aviation Terminal to integrate with the Passenger Terminal. The second project will see the construction of a new 3,000 square foot General Aviation Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility south of the terminal, which will help the airport maintain its revenue airport designation.

Watertown International Airport: $28 million for the reconstruction and expansion of the airport’s 20,000 square foot terminal, which will include improvements to TSA screening and baggage handling areas.

Syracuse Hancock International Airport: $20 million for two projects, the first of which will include critical upgrades to the airport’s CBP Federal Inspection Station (FIS) to ensure the facility meets the latest CBP standards and preserve the international designation of the airport and its ability to handle both passenger and cargo operations. The project will also install the latest FIS equipment for international operations, enabling the processing of 200 passengers per hour, the replacement of a jet bridge and the creation of additional waiting room and boarding space.

Ogdensburg International Airport: $18 million for the renovation and expansion of the terminal building as well as exterior improvements. The terminal expansion portion of the project includes the expansion of the lobby for check-in, ticketing and baggage drop; extension of the TSA checkpoint; extension of the concession area; and the creation of new space for large community events.

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