New York’s Syracuse Hancock International Airport is set for a major renovation, which will transform the 55-year old airport into a state-of-the-art transportation hub.

Located in the heart of the Central New York (CNY) region, the airport serves more than one million passengers a year.

As part of its Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization project, the New York State government approved funds for the upgrade in January 2017.

The project will renovate the airport’s aging infrastructure and transform it into a world-class facility offering improved passengers services. It will also improve safety and security, as well as boost regional economy by creating jobs and attracting businesses that depend on reliable air transport.

Expected to be completed by 2019, the project is expected to pave the way for the airport’s continued growth of the airport for years to come.

Syracuse Hancock airport revitalisation design and features

The rehabilitation project will include a wide-scale redesign of a number of airport facilities.

The passenger terminal building will be remodelled to increase its capacity. New flooring and furniture will be installed to create a more welcoming atmosphere for passengers, and the building’s facade will feature a new glass curtain wall to allow more natural light into the interiors.

A new regional aviation history museum, designed with assistance from the Onondaga Historical Association, will be built in the transit centre. The museum will exhibit educational displays, a visual timeline of significant airport events, and an area showcasing figures from the airport’s history.

Enhanced passenger services and drop-off areas

The passenger drop-off area will be upgraded with a new exterior facade and an eco-friendly green roof canopy

It will also feature a new glass pedestrian bridge, which will allow passengers with mobile tickets to skip ques and go directly to their respective flights.

In addition, a new grand hall will be built to provide a common space for both arriving and departing passengers.

"The passenger drop-off area will be upgraded with a new exterior facade and an eco-friendly green roof canopy."

Other development projects include the repaving of Colonel Eileen Collins Boulevard and the reconfiguration of pick-up and drop-off traffic lanes, as well as the introduction of an expanded concession programme, a new stairway, renovated restrooms, and ticket counters.

Environmentally friendly exteriors and roof

The airport exteriors will be fitted with new perforate corten steel panels, energy-efficient windows, and a new rainwater collection system.

Energy-efficient lighting will be installed throughout the airport, along with a cold weather green roof to promote eco-friendly practices and increase the building’s capacity.

Financing for the revitalisation project

The total investment for the revamp project is estimated to be $45.1m, of which the New York State government granted $35.8m. The remaining amount is planned to be arranged by the airport and the federal government.

The grant was part of the second round of the $200m Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalisation Competition, launched by the state government in 2016. The competition aims to upgrade airports in New York in order to attract more businesses and new economic opportunities.

The competition includes $190m for airport projects and an additional $10m allocated through the Governor’s Aviation Capital Grant Program, which in turn supports safety, infrastructure, and economic development projects at smaller airports across the state.