Syracuse's Hancock Airport Lands Safely With Regional Authority

Mar 3, 2014

It's finally official.  Nearly 6 years of work culminated Monday in the transfer of day-to-day operations of Syracuse's Hancock Airport from the City of Syracuse to the Syracuse Regional Airport Authority.  

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner hands over the certificate of operation to Airport Authority Board Chair Bill Fisher. Authority Executive Director Chris Callahan and board member Mark Nicotra look on.
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Hancock was the last major airport in the state to make the switch.  Mayor Stephanie Miner says it will allow the airport to realize its full potential.  

Miner says the authority will have more flexibility to offer the best services and attract low-cost airlines without the burden of the city's debt limit and bonding authorization.   Authority Board Chair Bill Fisher credits Miner for pushing forward despite challenges and obstacles.  

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Until Monday, Hancock Airport had been operated by the city since 1946.  Fisher says travelers will likely notice no difference in airport operations.   He says the same 110 workers will keep the place running 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.   And the authority will manage the business affairs of the airport, including working to bring lower fares, new airlines, and more destinations.