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Crews finish work on nearly $35M expansion at Ithaca Tompkins International Airport

By Eric Reinhardt


Construction crews have finished work on the $34.8 million renovation and expansion of the Ithaca Tompkins International Airport in Lansing. (Photo provided by the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo)

LANSING, N.Y. — Work has finished on the $34.8 million renovation and expansion of the Ithaca Tompkins International Airport.

The renovation “improves the long-term economic viability of the airport and enhances the passenger experience, increases security, and better serves international travelers,” the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a news release.

The new facility offers passengers amenities that include a larger terminal with new passenger terminal gates and boarding bridges. It also has “enhanced” security measures, “all designed to ease travel and promote economic growth for the Southern Tier,” Cuomo’s office added.

The airport project was supported with $14.2 million in state funding as part of the Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization competition. The remainder was supported with $10 million in federal funding and $10.6 million from Tompkins County.

The airport-redevelopment project nearly doubled the size of the passenger terminal and added new gates and passenger boarding bridges. The airport has “spacious” waiting areas equipped with charging stations; additional seating; “more efficient” passenger check in and baggage handling; post-security food and beverage options; additional retail opportunities and an indoor children’s play area.

In addition, a new canopy over the front entrance and walkways to terminals protect travelers from inclement weather.

Ithaca Tompkins serves three major airlines — including United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Airlines — with more than 650 global connections. Additionally, the Ithaca Tompkins International Airport is having “significant” growth with the number of passengers increasing 10 percent in the last 12 months, “a trend that is expected to continue with the airport’s modernization and expansion,” per the release.

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