The State Government of New York has allocated $230m of funding to upgrade nine upstate airports.

The funding will be offered via the Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalisation Competition, which aims to support investments in upstate commercial passenger service airports.

Grants will be given to airports seeking to expand terminals and improve security screening areas among other activities.

The capital will also help airports revitalise boarding and concession areas, as well as incorporate new innovations.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul said: “Our upstate airports are our gateways to local economies and make lasting impressions, connecting New Yorkers and tourists to the beautiful destinations that the Empire State has to offer.

“By making critical investments to further modernise facilities across upstate New York, we are lifting upstate airports to new heights and providing a 21st-century transportation experience that travellers expect and deserve.”

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Governor Hochul made the announcement at Greater Binghamton Airport, where she announced awards for Binghamton, Albany, Watertown, Syracuse, Rochester, Ogdensburg, Saratoga County, Sullivan County and Adirondack airports.

The Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalisation Competition is being administered by the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT).

NYSDOT Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez said: “Upstate New York’s airports are gateways that open the door for expanded opportunities in business, travel, and tourism, and there is no greater advocate for investment in these facilities than Governor Kathy Hochul – because she knows that investing in aviation will bring a renewed sense of prosperity across upstate New York.

“As we continue to modernise our transportation network across the state, these investments will significantly improve the passenger experience and operations of facilities across the state, helping to ensure an efficient flow of people and goods, and continued economic activity across all upstate communities.”