Last year, over 200,000 passengers were greeted at the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport (ITH). Each year, ITH generates over $30 million for the local economy and nearly $456,000 in sales tax revenue. As a major international and national gateway to Cornell, Ithaca College, TC3 and other major employers, Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport has three airlines, a fixed based operator (Taughannock Aviation Corporation), reliable ground transportation and a deep commitment to providing exemplary customer service. Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport is a vital community asset located just ten minutes from Cornell and downtown Ithaca.
Our mission is to provide a safe, efficient, clean, and enjoyable facility which exceeds the expectations of the traveling public, the airport tenants, and other airport users.
The first airport in Ithaca, also believed to be the second airport in New York State, was the Ithaca Municipal Airport, located near the inlet to Cayuga Lake, in an area that Cass Park now occupies. The Hangar Theatre made its home in the renovated municipal airport hangar right next to Cass Park.
Cecil Robinson began conducting aerial photography mapping for the government out of Ithaca Municipal Airport. His two four-place monoplanes became the cornerstone of Robinson Airlines at the end of the second World War. Shortly thereafter, Robinson Airlines was growing and their operation was moved to the new East Hill Airport, opened by Cornell University in 1948. Robinson Airlines became Mohawk Airlines in 1952.
Airport Manager Mike Hall took the controls of the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport in 2014.
Air Services Board
The Air Service Board (ASB) began first as an advisory board, formed by the leadership from Tompkins County Area Development and the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce. Initial functions prior to 9/11 included marketing, forecasting and carrier relationships.
After September 11, the Tompkins County Legislature expanded the duties of the ASB to include ensuring increased entrepreneurship and agility of ITH. This included tasks of improving existing and attracting new air service, engaging customers, reviewing operations, maintaining on-going relationships with air carriers and stemming leakage to other airports.
- Michael Stamm, ASB Chair, President, Tompkins County Area Development
- Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, ASB Vice Chair, Tompkins County Legislator, District 2
- Ed Marx, Commissioner of Planning and Public Works, Tompkins County
- Mike Hall, Owner, PFA Consulting
- John Gutenberger, Senior Advisor. Office of Community Relations / VP Gov. & Comm. Relations, Cornell University
- Alan Pederson, Vice President, Human Resources, Cayuga Medical Center
- Larry Baum, Past Chair, CEO, The Computing Center