$230 million announced to lift 9 upstate airports to new heights

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Nine upstate airports will share $230 million for revitalization projects, Governor Kathy Hochul announced this week.

Funding comes from the Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization Competition, a competitive solicitation to promote, revitalize and accelerate investments in upstate commercial passenger service airports.

Hochul made the announcement at Greater Binghamton Airport.

“I was reflecting on a description of this airport, and I thought this was very diplomatic, whoever wrote this,” she said, quoting from a description that calls the airport “an aging mid-century facility with the prestigious history but faded in piecemeal identity.”

“Who wrote that? That is brilliant,” Hochul said. “That is brilliant.  Is there a poet out there who wrote this? “A captivating hilltop location. Historical expansions have boxed in the terminal’s interior space, resulting in the dark, constricted-feeling passenger experience,” which I just felt when I walked in over there.”

Binghampton will receive $32 million for two projects –  relocation of the General Aviation Terminal to integrate it with the Passenger Terminal and building a new, 3,000-sq. ft. general aviation customs & border protection facility south of the terminal.

The following projects were also approved:

Albany International Airport: $60 million for the expansion of the airport’s terminal.

Watertown International Airport: $28 million for the reconstruction and expansion of the airport’s 20,000-square-foot terminal.

Saratoga County Airport: $27 million for the construction of a new,  energy-efficient terminal building.

Syracuse Hancock International Airport: $20 million for essential upgrades to the airport’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Federal Inspection Station (FIS) and adding approximately 4,700 sq. ft. to the concourse.

Sullivan County International Airport: $18.5 million to reconfigure the interior, creating additional space for passengers, a new pilot lounge, and better views of the Catskill Mountains.

Ogdensburg International Airport: $18 million for the renovation and expansion of the terminal building as well as exterior improvements.

Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport: $18 million for two projects – revitalization of the terminal building and enhancements to airport operations, making HVAC enhancements and renovations to the freight building and the baggage belt.

Adirondack Regional Airport: $8.5 million for revitalization of the terminal building.

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