• Keeping the Runways Clear at ITH

    Last winter, Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport was the only airport in Central New York to avoid cancellations caused by snowy conditions. This accomplishment was due, in part, to the efforts of our dedicated firefighting operations crew. Our team is composed of ten individuals who are trained in both operational maintenance and firefighting, and they work hard to keep the runways

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  • The TSA Introduced an Advanced Image Technology (AIT) Machine at ITH

    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) introduced the latest checkpoint screening technology equipment at Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport (ITH) today.  With the addition of the new Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) machine at ITH, the airport is able to further strengthen security for passengers flying out of Ithaca. AIT Technology is designed to enhance security by safely screening passengers for metallic and non-metallic

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  • Tips for Flying Out of ITH

    Whether you are flying for a vacation or business trip, air travel can be a stressful process. You have to plan your trip, pack your suitcase to just under fifty pounds, get to the airport and  through security, and find your terminal at least half an hour before your flight is ready to board. ITH wants to make this process

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  • How to Become an Airport Firefighter

    The firefighting crew at Ithaca Tompkins Regional is responsible for maintaining the airport’s facilities and being ready to handle an emergency at any time. In addition to their airport operations work, they regularly run training drills to practice for real emergencies that could happen. In order to take on such an important position, new members must undergo rigorous physical fire

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  • Meet the ITH Team – Wayne Stuttle

    A member of the operations crew for six years, Wayne Stuttle specializes in fabrication and welding. Although he is a member of the operations crew, he runs his own small business on the side, focusing on welding, fabrication, and construction for farming equipment. Before joining the Ithaca Airport crew, he worked as a volunteer firefighter in Scipio, NY, and for

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  • Now Hiring! – ITH Airport Terminal Services Coordinator

    Due to a pending retirement, Tompkins County is recruiting for an Airport Terminal Services Coordinator at the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport. This is a full-time 40-hour per week position and is benefits eligible. This is a professional and technical position relating to the development of customer service together with local safety of all phases of airport terminal operations. This position will

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  • ITH Receives SOARs Senate Grant For Revitalization Project

    Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport has been awarded a $250,000 Statewide Opportunities for Airport Revitalization (SOARs) grant from New York State Senators Pamela Helming and James Seward last Friday. As part of the SOARs program, ITH will receive funding to upgrade and promote the airport throughout the Tompkins County region. Senator Helming stated that the airport is “critical to Tompkins County’s continued

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  • Morning Congestion Travel Advisory

    Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport would like to advise that, due to early morning traffic congestion, passengers traveling on the early morning flights should arrive one and one half hours before their flight for domestic flights and approximately two hours before their flight for international flights. The additional time is needed due to three fights departing at 6:00 a.m., increasing the potential

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  • Employee Profile- Tom Warner

    Tom Warner has been a member of the Ithaca Airport’s operations and firefighting crew for fifteen years. A retired veteran, he was stationed in Germany in 1982 before returning to serve as a combat engineering instructor with the Reserve. He has also served as the chief of the Dryden fire department, worked in the Cargill salt mine, and managed the

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  • Can I Bring My Pet On A Flight?

    Flying with Pets According to the ASPCA, approximately 37% of all Americans own either a cat or a dog. Our pets are a huge part of our lives, and we love to bring them with us wherever we go. In order to keep your pet safe, airlines have created specific instructions for bringing your furry friends on your next flight.

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  • First African-American Female Stewardess to Fly from ITH to New York City in 1958

    In 1958, Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport had the distinct honor of hosting the first African American female stewardess on a flight to New York City. After Ruth Carol Taylor received her degree in nursing, she decided to become an airline stewardess, defying the racial biases upheld by many airlines. Taylor first applied to Trans World Airlines; after her rejection, she

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  • 2nd Landing Café Receives Glowing Review

    Yesterday, the 2nd Landing Café, located inside Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport, received a very positive review from a happy customer. While traveling with her family out of ITH, Deb Hover bought some food from the café during a delayed flight. She was delighted by owner Kristine Sweeney’s prompt and friendly service: “she said she would have the food delivered to

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  • Dewey Neild Photography Exhibit at the ITH

    The Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport is currently hosting a photographic art series featuring local photographer Dewey Neild. The exhibit features natural waterfalls and gorges prominent in Tompkins County, including Ithaca’s own Upper Cascadilla Falls, Ithaca Falls, images of Fall Creek. Each photograph is framed and available for purchase at the airport. An Oswego native, Neild has worked as a commercial,

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  • Meet the ITH Team – Mike Drake

    Mike Drake has been a member of the firefighting and operations crew for eleven years. Before joining the airport crew, he worked in construction, providing him with valuable carpentry and painting skills. While he does not have a favorite job on site, Mike prefers shooing birds off the runway and anything that allows him to travel around. He enjoys having

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  • TSA Carry-On Restrictions

    When packing your bags for an upcoming flight, it is important to decide what to bring with you to your destination. Certain items have been restricted or regulated by the TSA to prevent any accidents or injuries on flights. While most restricted items are confiscated at airport security gates, it is important to recognize what not to bring in order

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  • A Year In Review – 2016

    It’s hard to believe that we are already 5 days into the new year! As we launch into 2017, we would like to remember the successes and exciting moments we experienced. We got a makeover! After closing the airport this past July to resurface the runway, Ithaca Airport is looking better than ever. Our work to repave the runways was

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  • ITH Wins Award for New Paved Runway

    ITH and our contractor, Suit-Kote, won the Asphalt Pavement Showcase Award by the New York State Construction Materials Association for paving the ITH Runway project earlier this summer. Congratulations to all who helped with this project!

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  • Meet the ITH Team – Fritz Hess

    A member of the operations and firefighting crew for over ten years, Fritz Hess is responsible for the airport’s routine maintenance. On a typical day, he clears the runway, checks the pavement, inspects the runway lighting, and works with the animal control team. Occasionally, he gives tours to visiting school groups, educational programs, and incoming visitors to the airport. Before

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  • Employment Opportunity – ITH Airport Fire Fighter/Operations Technician Trainee

    We are looking for applications to hire an Airport Fire Fighter/Operations Technician Trainee. Apply here. TITLE: Airport Fire Fighter/Operations Technician and Trainee SALARY: $18.75 2017 Hire Rate LOCATION: Tompkins County Public Works Department – Airport Division TYPE OF EMPLOYMENT: Full-time provisional pending the next civil service examination. ISSUE DATE: 12/15/16 THE FINAL DATE TO FILE APPLICATIONS: 12/30/16 DATE THAT THIS

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  • How to Minimize Travel Stress During the Holiday Season

    With the holiday season coming into full swing, many people are getting ready to fly across the country to see their friends, spend the holidays with their families, or just take a relaxing vacation to somewhere warm. Although these destinations seem relaxing and exciting, traveling can be a bit of a hassle. When packing for a long trip, arriving at the

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  • Meet the ITH Team – Josh Nalley

    As the head of Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport’s operations and fire safety crew, Josh Nalley is responsible for keeping the airport running safely. He ensures the facilities are ready for takeoff and landing, keeping the runway clear and preventing any potential accidents on site. Each day, he leads the crew in equipment maintenance and emergency preparation drills – specifically for fire

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  • Go Jets!

    Beginning in 2017, Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport will offer flights on American Airlines’ new Embraer 145 50-passenger jets. We are now the Southern Tier’s hub for flights to Philadelphia with American Airlines, Detroit with Delta, and Newark with United. With one-stop flights available to locations throughout the Northeast, flying out of Ithaca has never been easier or more comfortable! Our

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  • Samsung Galaxy Note 7 banned on all U.S. flights due to fire hazard

    The U.S. Department of Transportation banned all Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphones from transportation in the USA due to documented incidents of dangerous evolution of heat. A Samsung Galaxy Note7 device may not be transported with a person, in carry-on baggage, or in checked baggage on flights to, from, or within the United States. To find out more information about a

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  • Meet the ITH Team – Tom Cooper

    Tom Cooper has served as a member of the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport’s Fire Fighter’s crew for fifteen years. Before joining, he had previously worked in the Ithaca region as a truck driver and excavator. He began his position as a trainee before working his way up to a full-time member of the Fire Fighting crew. Since then, he has enjoyed coming

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  • ITH Plans for Potential Emergencies

    The Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport conducted its required Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Table Top Meeting last Friday, October 14th. A “Table Top” is a meeting to discuss a simulated emergency situation. The FAA requires the airport to conduct such training throughout the calendar year to keep our Part 139 Certification current. Our certification allows us to have regular schedule commercial aircraft fly

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  • American Airline’s Will Consolidate the Region’s Flights out of ITH

    American Airlines will consolidate the region’s flights out of ITH in an continued effort to increase service and create more convenient schedules for customers. This is due to our strong market share in Tompkins County. The overall American Airlines business strategy will be to reduce peak-time air traffic at PHL, ultimately reducing delays. Find out more about American’s business move

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  • Fire Training at the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport

    Airport Fire Fighters at the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport go through extensive training to ensure safety for passengers and staff. Fire trucks are checked and tested daily by Airport Firefighters to ensure they are ready for immediate use, as well as checking that firefighting equipment meets FAA standards. Each month, the Airport Firefighters runs through multiple fire training drills to review firefighting and

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  • Hunter Rawlings Speaks of Airport’s Importance for Community

    Cornell University Interim President Hunter Rawlings speaking about the importance of Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport for our community.

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  • “Life Lines” Exhibit at ITH

    The Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport is currently hosting an exhibit by local painter Roberta Estes. Entitled “Life Lines,” the exhibit features eleven new abstract pieces created within the first six months of 2016. Each painting represents an unbound space in which she felt free to explore her art. “These paintings helped me answer some questions I was struggling with,” Estes says.

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  • Join Us For Client Appreciation Week!

    The Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport prides itself on maintaining excellent relationships with our passengers and on providing a safe, efficient, clean and enjoyable facility, which exceeds the expectations of our passengers. In order to do so, the airport must close for two weeks starting July 8th. We understand what an inconvenience this must be for passengers who rely on our

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  • Ithaca Airline Limousine Offering Discount During Closure

    We will be closed for July 8, 2016 to July 23, 2016 so we can resurface the runway. During that closure Ithaca Airline Limousine has offered a blanket discount for ground transportation between Ithaca and Syracuse. Their round trip fare will only be $100 (reg. $130) and the one way fare will be $75 (reg. $85). You may reach them

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  • Scheduled Closure of the Runway

    Although the scheduled closure of the runway at Ithaca-Tompkins Regional Airport for resurfacing has been known to our airline partners for months, a reservation glitch allowed some flights to continue to be booked during the closure period. If you have a flight booked to/from Ithaca-Tompkins Regional Airport between the evening of Friday, July 8, 2016 and the morning of Saturday

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  • New Year, New Art Exhibit

    Starting the New Year off right, from January 1st 2016 until March 31st 2016, the Tompkins County Regional Airport will feature a new solo art exhibition by Ithaca, NY artist, Ivy Stevens-Gupta. Stevens-Gupta, an award-winning contemporary artist, will show ten new flight-inspired paintings in her exhibit titled “In Plane View: Skyscapes and Abstract Art Inspired by Aviation.” According to Stevens-Gupta,

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  • American Airlines comes to Ithaca-Tompkins Regional Airport

    The long awaited switch in service happened on Saturday, October 16th, when American Airlines completed its merger with US Airways. Passengers flying out of Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport will notice new signage at the ticket counter, but behind the scene there are profound changes intended to improve service.  Like a unified reservations system and a state of the art Operations

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  • Behind the Scenes: Mike Hall

    While he has been a part of the Ithaca-Tompkins Regional Airport family since 2014, it does not seem that way. As he arrives for work each day as the manager of the Ithaca-Tompkins Regional Airport, he greets everyone he sees with a friendly hello. Despite being responsible for all facets of airport operations, Mike always has the time to talk, helping

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  • Welcome to our new website!

    We are pleased to announce the launch of our brand new website! Our new website, aside from being aesthetically pleasing, is more agile, interactive, and is easier to scan, read and navigate, enabling travellers to find what they need quickly. We encourage you to explore our website and check out it’s new features. Three Things You’ll Love: Arrivals/Departures – Keep

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  • “Tommy” – An American Heritage

    Tommy Come Home’ is a project of the Ithaca Aviation Heritage Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to the preservation of the rich aviation heritage of the Ithaca area. Ninety two years ago ‘Tommy’ has come home to be restored to flying condition and preserved as a symbol of Ithaca’s aviation heritage.  The Ithaca Aviation Heritage Foundation, Inc. (IAHF)

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  • Runway 5k Results

    On Sunday, June 21st, 2015 we held our first Runway 5k. We had 277 participants. A portion of the race registration proceeds will be donated to the SPCA of Tompkins County. View all race results. View more photos.

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  • Art at the Airport: Artist Spotlight on Barbara Harrison

    Here at the airport we like to welcome our visitors with temporary exhibits by regional artists. This spring we are pleased to have a show by artist Barbara Harrison, and we are sharing our interview with her below. Next time you are flying Ithaca be sure to take some time to view our latest exhibit. Tell me about your work?

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  • Wings, Wheels, and Runners at Ithaca Airport Day

    The popular Airport Day and Father’s Day Breakfast has expanded this year to include the first 5k on the runway. Joining forces on Sunday, June 21, 2015, the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport, Taughannock Aviation, and East Hill Flying Club have put together a roster of activities for the whole family. Airport day is open to the public and includes a

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  • Art at the Airport: Artist Spotlight on Heidi Lee

    Here at the airport we like to welcome our visitors with temporary exhibits by regional artists. This fall we are pleased to have a show by Ithacan Heidi Lee, and we are sharing our interview with her below. Next time you are flying Ithaca be sure to take some time to view our latest exhibit. Interview with Heidi Lee:  Tell

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  • City of Ithaca and Tompkins County Announce Renewable Energy Partnership

    In response to the announcement by Governor Cuomo of $94 million awarded for 142 large-scale solar energy projects across the state, Tompkins County and the City of Ithaca announce a renewable energy partnership that will generate solar power to meet a substantial portion of City government electricity needs, through a 2.4 million-watt solar array to be constructed on County-owned land

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  • Ithaca Airport Announces New Loyalty Rewards Program

    Ithaca Tompkins Regional airport launched a rewards program to benefit customers who utilize the airport. The new rewards program provides terminal patrons with parking discounts, food and beverage discounts at the café, and automatic entry in giveaways such as swag and even flight vouchers. “The airport provides a relaxing and convenient start to traveling, and with this new rewards program

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  • Michael Hall Appointed Interim Airport Manager

    The Legislature, by unanimous vote, confirmed County Administrator Joe Mareane’s appointment of Michael Hall as Interim Manager of Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport. (Legislators Mike Sigler and Nathan Shinagawa were excused.) Mr. Hall will serve as Interim Airport Manager following the retirement of Airport Manager Bob Nicholas July 31, after 25 years of distinguished service. Mr. Hall, an Ithaca native and

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  • Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport Manager Robert Nicholas to Retire

    Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport Manager (ITRA) Robert Nicholas announced this month that he will retire as manager of the airport following 25 years of service. Born in Oxfordshire, England, you’ve probably heard his distinctive accent from his many radio ads* for the airport over the years.  He became an American citizen in 1990. Nicholas is only the third airport manager

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  • ITH Launches “Are You With Us?” Marketing Campaign

    The Ithaca Tompkins Regional airport launched a new marketing campaign that invites the business and leisure travel community to make flying out of ITH the first choice when making travel plans. This is part of efforts to keep planes full and to position ITH for new service and lower rates in the long term. The new initiatives include: An advocacy

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  • Air Traffic Control Manager Recognized

    Doug Lewis, manager of the Air Traffic Control Tower in Ithaca, was today presented with the 2013 “Manager of the Year” award in a special ceremony at the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport. Doug has been a controller in Ithaca since May 2001, previously recognized as Controller of the Year in 2005, and became tower manager in April 2007. Randy Walls,

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  • Ithaca Flight School Receives National Recognition

    Ithaca’s East Hill Flying Club just announced that it was one of only six flight schools in the country to receive the 2012 Flight Training Excellence Award from the 400,000-member Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). Established sixty years ago, the club is based at the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport. David St. George, chief instructor and manager of the club,

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  • Call for Entries – Art in the Airport

    Ithaca, NY, August 2, 2012 – The Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport is hosting its third annual juried art show. The first place prize will be a $500 travel voucher good for flying in or out of ITH. The 2nd prize will be a $250 travel voucher and all other participants whose work is selected will receive one-time long-term parking vouchers

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  • Easy Travel to New York City

    United Airline’s daily flights to Newark New Jersey offer convenient and easy options to get into New York City: 1. Airtrain and NJ Transit Arrives every few minutes at the airport terminals $12.50 one-way ticket Arrives at NY Pen Station in about a half hour 2. The Newark Airport Express Bus Leaves every 15 minutes $15 one-way ticket or $25

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