Updated 05/15/2012 05:48 PM
Improvements underway at Hancock International Airport
Syracuse's Hancock International Airport is getting a facelift. Instead of having two security check points at each end of the airport, there will soon be one. Construction crews are building a new central security check point. Our Iris St. Meran has more on the changes and whether or not they will impact people currently flying in and out of the city.
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Soon airport travelers will see changes to how they fly out of Hancock International Airport. Changes to security screening areas are underway.
Airport Commissioner Christina Reale said, "It's going to take what are now two checkpoints in the north and south terminals and we will move to a brand new centrally located check point on the second floor of the main lobby which all outbound passengers will process through."
This $60 million undertaking is due in part to new security protocol following 9/11. Work began in September. The department manager for C & S Design Build says the addition to the center terminal is 83,000 square feet and two stories tall.
Most of the work travelers cannot even see and the biggest challenge remains not disrupting current travel and airport operations.
"We have to displace the airlines and the ticketing and their baggage temporarily, build temporary ticket counters," said C & S Design Build Department Manager Ed Regan.
Construction should be complete by the end of 2013.
There could be more improvements down the line. A survey was recently sent out to people who use this airport frequently focusing on parking.
"To see about whether people would like new options out at the airport. Some of the options under consideration are things like valet parking, things like preferred parking spaces if people are willing to pay a little extra,” said Kevin Schwab, CenterState CEO’s Air Service Development Vice President.
Feedback like this, the commissioner says, is welcomed. It has helped airport officials make the changes they have made to date.
The project is being paid for with passenger facility charges.