HORSEHEADS, N.Y. — Elmira Corning Regional Airport has completed a $61.5 million renovation project “that will ease travel and promote economic opportunities for the entire Southern Tier.”
The redesigned airport features a larger terminal with about 60 percent more floor space, 300 additional parking spaces, new food and beverage options, the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a news release issued Friday.
It has an additional jet bridge that will eliminate the need for travelers to walk across the tarmac to reach their planes.
The facility’s redevelopment was part of Cuomo’s Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization competition.
The project continues Cuomo’s “Southern Tier Soaring” initiative, “a comprehensive effort to promote growth and community development throughout the entire region.”
“This significant investment to modernize the Elmira Corning Regional Airport will increase terminal space and enhance the overall travel experience,” Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, who attended the opening, said in the news release. “The airport was small and outdated, but with these improvements it will offer green space and food and beverage options for passengers. The transformation of the airport continues our economic development efforts in the Southern Tier to boost the economy and attract more visitors to the area.”
With the project complete, the terminal’s floor size has increased from 55,000 square feet to 88,000 square feet.
The airport now also features a new baggage claim belt to handle increased volume, as well as strengthened security measures, including state-of-the-art cameras, to better monitor passenger areas.
In addition, a Taste NY grab-and-go kiosk “promotes” New York’s food and beverage producers and provides travelers the “opportunity to purchase locally-made snacks, coffee, tea and dairy products in addition to gift items like maple, honey and concord grape products,” per Cuomo’s news release.
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