State officials on Friday (December 20) announced the completion of a $34.8 million capital improvement project at Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport, which nearly doubled the size of its passenger terminal and added several new gates and passenger boarding bridges.
“Three years ago, we were wondering where we would find financial support to fix post-9/11 security issues in our aging terminal,” said Airport Director Mike Hall. “Then Governor Cuomo invested in a total makeover of the facility that raised it to world class standards and made it an International portal to our global market. Thank you, Governor Cuomo, for ensuring that Ithaca Tompkins International Airport will remain a vital asset in our growing upstate economy”;
Renovations at the new airport include enhanced security measures and modernized passenger amenities like spacious waiting areas with charging stations, additional seating and more efficient passenger check-in and baggage handling.
Additional post-security food and beverage options have also been added, along with increased retail space and an indoor playground for kids.
To protect travelers against inclement weather, a new canopy was built over the front entrance.
The new airport will be celebrated at a special community event in January, with the specific date yet to be announced.
“Airports are the new front doors to regions across the state and they play a critical role ensuring our local economies are competitive in the 21st century and beyond,” Governor Cuomo said. “By transforming this airport into a state-of-the-art, international transit hub we are laying the foundation for even more tourism and business development and helping ensure the Southern Tier soars for decades to come.”
“We are beyond excited about our new terminal!” said Martha Robertson, Chair of the Tompkins County Legislature. “We are grateful to the Governor for his generous support, to the union workers who kept the project on time and on budget, and to Airport Manager Mike Hall and his incredible team for keeping the airport open and the construction on track all throughout this challenging year. We are also excited that the new terminal is being heated by a geothermal system supported by solar – truly the 21st century gateway to Tompkins County that demonstrates our commitment to a sustainable future.”
“This much appreciated support from the State and the Governor has transformed the Tompkins County International Airport into a world class facility that is welcoming to visitors and local travelers alike,” said Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick. “Tompkins County’s leadership has created an entrance into Ithaca and the surrounding area – and I’m grateful for all their hard work and investment.”