SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse Hancock International Airport doesn’t want drivers parking their vehicles at the airport entrance curbside while they wait for passengers.
Those waiting for passengers to arrive are encouraged to do so in the cell-phone lot — “free of charge” — until contacted by the arriving passenger.
It’s part of the airport’s “increasing enforcement” of its “active curbline” policy, the Syracuse Regional Airport Authority (SRAA) said in a news release. An active curbline means that vehicles are not allowed to stand or park at the curbline and wait for passengers.
The stepped up enforcement is the result of “unprecedented growth in passenger traffic,” SRAA said.
Passenger traffic at the Syracuse airport is up about 13 percent for the first half of 2019 (January through June) compared to the same period in 2018, SRAA said.
Anyone visiting the Syracuse airport during “peak” hours can expect to see an “increased police presence and subsequent enforcement” of this policy, SRAA said. It represents the first phase of a campaign to improve ground-transportation “safety and efficiency in light of the increased traffic.”
“It’s one of those interesting problems to have. On one hand, we’re incredibly proud of our growth. On the other hand, that growth brings about new safety and efficiency concerns,” Jason Terreri, executive director of Syracuse Hancock International Airport, said in the release. “We are absolutely committed to providing safe and efficient air travel to the residents of Central New York and beyond. This increased enforcement of our active curbline policy is just step one in fulfilling that promise.”
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