Syracuse Hancock Airport

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Passenger traffic is slowly starting to creep up at Syracuse’s Hancock airport, but officials say volume is still consistently down 90 to 95 percent from pre-COVID-19 numbers.  Airport Authority Executive Director Jason Terreri says as travelers return, they’ll probably notice some changes.

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A new Executive Director of the Syracuse Hancock International Airport was approved today and will be making the move from Orlando, Florida.  Jason Terreri was selected from a field of 9 candidates. 

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It looks like passenger traffic at Hancock Airport is off to a strong start for 2019.  Officials say enplanements are up almost 11 percent over the first two months of last year.  Hancock Spokesperson Jennifer Sweetland says the addition of new airlines and nonstop routes fueled the increase.

“If you have a large family, it’s quite expensive and with the introduction of the ultra-low cost carriers, it’s gives folks an opportunity to travel…that maybe they weren’t able to travel previously.”

Syracuse Hancock International Airport Unaffected by Government Shutdown

Jan 28, 2019
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Syracuse Hancock International Airport was largely unaffected by the 35 day government shutdown that impacted many airports across the country. TSA Federal Security Director Bart Johnson said nothing changed for the agency’s employees in Syracuse.

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If you’re thinking about traveling this summer, you’re not alone.  The Syracuse Hancock International Airport is expecting a record-breaking travel season.  To make sure everything runs safe and smoothly, travel experts are offering some tips on what travelers can do in advance.  TSA Federal Security Director Bart Johnson wants passengers to pack properly.  He says people bring all kinds of dangerous objects, like cork screws, switch blades and even guns, which can delay check-points.

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The $60 million terminal improvement project at Syracuse’s Hancock airport is coming along, but officials today took steps to speed things up to meet a late October completion date.  The Airport Authority Board approved spending additional money to negotiate with contractors and implement an accelerated schedule.  Executive Director Christina Callahan says they want to return to normal operations as soon as possible because the construction is clearly disruptive.

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Starting Monday, crews at Syracuse’s Hancock Airport will begin removing the canopy between the parking garage and terminal.  It’s the first phase of a $49 million project to upgrade the airport’s appearance and functionality.  Airport Authority Executive Director Christina Callahan says the canopy project will force the closure of the roadway in front of the airport’s entrances.

"We're going to be redirecting passenger drop-off and pick-ups to the north and south terminals.  The open lot and the garage will still be accessible, as well as rental car return."

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The crowd at Syracuse's Hancock Airport flooded the main terminal Sunday night, with people filling the upstairs common areas as well.  It was all part of a protest against the immigration ban imposed by executive order by President Donald Trump over the weekend. 

Chants rang out several times: "No ban, no registry, this is our Democracy" chimed one.  Another said, "Muslims are welcome here; No hate, no fear."  And a lengthy chant said, "Down with white supremacy; no ban, no registry."

  People interested in planes and aviation can climb inside many types of aircraft and see aerial demonstrations at the Syracuse International Air show this weekend.  They can also pay tribute to a Navy Blue Angels Stunt Pilot who died in an accident last week…and who was scheduled to fly here in Syracuse.

  The Director of Syracuse’s Hancock Airport told a congressional panel today her thoughts on helping the growing problem of wait times at Airport Security checkpoints.  Local Congress Member  John Katko is proposing a solution.