Traveler Information



At the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport, we’re your friendly and convenient alternative to larger airports. You can expect faster check-in times and shorter lines to wait in. Here are some important tips you should be aware of when you fly from Ithaca.

You are required to be at the airport one hour prior to scheduled departure time for check-in and security screening procedures, which is significantly less when compared to larger airports.


Federal regulations prohibit unattended vehicles from parking at the curbside.  You may position at the curb to drop off or pick up passengers but you may not leave the vehicle unattended, not even for a second. Our concierge  service is provided free of charge, so please ask them for any help or assistance you might require.

Recognizing that this is sometimes inconvenient, we are providing Free Parking for the first half an hour in our public parking lots, only a few steps away. In addition, we are making baggage carts available, also Free of Charge, and will try to maintain a supply of them in the public parking lots, front entrance way, and baggage claim areas.

Prohibited Items

Many travelers are not aware of items that are prohibited on-board an aircraft. You will also have an opportunity at the airline check-in desk, to see which objects are prohibited in your carry-on baggage. If these objects are noticed at check-in, you will be allowed to transfer them to your checked baggage. Once that baggage has been checked in you will have no further access to it. For a complete and up-to-date list of prohibited items please click on the link at the bottom of this page. Illegal items, as opposed to prohibited items, will be confiscated and the passenger will be subject to arrest.

In the event you reach the screening point and discover a prohibited item, you will be afforded the opportunity to place it in your vehicle, time allowing. You will not be able to retrieve your checked baggage to place it in there. If you have no vehicle, you will be able to purchase a padded envelope and postage from the airport shop to mail the object back to yourself. This facility will only be possible for fairly small objects. You will be asked to voluntarily surrender those prohibited items that can’t be mailed. If you do not voluntarily surrender these items, you will not be allowed to board the aircraft.

Photography in Security

Due to the sensitive nature of the area, people are requested not to film or take photos in the vicinity of the security screening checkpoint.

It is the airport’s mission to provide absolute security for all airport users while ensuring minimum inconvenience and maximum customer service.

For more information, visit the Transportation Security Administration Website.

Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport Emergency Contingency Plan:

The Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport has prepared this Emergency Contingency Plan pursuant to §42301 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. Questions regarding this plan can be directed to Mike Hall, Airport Manager, at The Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport is filing this plan with the Department of Transportation because it is (1) a commercial airport and (2) may be used by an air carrier described in USC 42301 (a)(1) for diversions.

This plan describes how, following excessive tarmac delays and to the extent practicable, the Ithaca Tompkins Regional will:

• Provide for the deplanement of passengers;
• Provide for the sharing of facilities and make gates available at the airport; and
• Provide a sterile area following excessive tarmac delays for passengers who have not yet cleared United States Customs & Border Protection (CBP).

The Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport does not have a United States Customs & Border Protection (CBP) presence to accommodate diverted international flights and strongly encourages aircraft operators operating international flights to contact the Assistant Airport Manager, Tony Rudy, at (607) 257-0456 Ext. 544 for prior coordination of diverted international flights, except in the case of a declared in-flight emergency. Specific facility constraints include the following: a lack of United States Customs & Border Protection (CBP) presence, aircraft handling capability is limited to the hours of airline employees and airline scheduled operations. In addition, the Air Traffic Control Tower hours of operation are 0630 until 2200. We have noted these constraints in the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport/Facility Directory record.

  • Find Great Fares

    Our experts share tips to help you find great fares.

    Search Early

    Lower cost fares exist on almost every commercial plane, but they get snapped up early by those who plan ahead. To find the best fares on a trip, check at least a month before you plan to fly. If you see a great fare early, snap it up, it’s more likely to increase in price before it gets any cheaper.

    Search Often

    Fares change constantly throughout the day — major booking systems receive price updates on an ongoing basis. Check for low fares throughout the day and into the evening. Prices often seem to creep up during the business day and fall back to more reasonable fares late at night. To really find the lowest fares, search at odd times. For example, some great values are often found late on a Tuesday night.

    Ask a Professional

    Your local or corporate travel agent can often get you better fares than you can find online and a person on the phone is guaranteed not to crash your operating system. Travel agents often have corporate deals with the major carriers that allow them to offer lower prices to their customers and are experts at combining hotel and other costs into packages that can save you money and time in the long run.

    Search Multiple Sources

    As online shopping becomes more complex, going to different sources may be more important than ever. Some sites such as Expedia, Hotwire, Orbitz, Priceline and Travelocity have been around for years. Other site aggregators search the web for sites for the best fares. Be sure to compare the results and try multiple routing options.

    Extend to a Saturday Night Stay

    Commercial airlines almost always have lower prices for flights that include a Saturday night stay at you destination. Book opera tickets on a Saturday in San Francisco, stay an extra day and save the difference on airfare.

    Check the “Code-Share” – United from Ithaca

    Airlines often partner to offer tickets on planes that fly other corporate colors. You can fly from Ithaca to hundreds of destinations across the globe on a United Airlines ticket and a first leg on American Airlines to Philadelphia or New York City.

    Return Mid-Week

    Consider returning from your trip on a Tuesday or a Wednesday to save some travel cash. Sunday and Monday returns often carry a premium on certain tickets. Think about catching another ball game or day at the beach and use up one more day of vacation to catch that lower fare for your flights.

  • FAQs

  • Fear of Flying

    Fear of flying can be a serious anxiety issue affecting millions. If you have a fear of flying, talk it over with a health care professional with experience with anxiety disorders. Programs that use virtual reality to treat anxiety have in many cases, proven effective in treatment. One such program is administered by Cornell University:

    There are also numerous articles and programs designed to address the fear of flying. Here’s one example of a story about this fear than ran in a recent USA Today article:


  • Travel Experience

    Your travel experience from our airport is important to us. Please take a moment to provide feedback directly to the airline you traveled on so they can pass along your compliments or address any concerns you may have experienced during your most recent trip. Feedback directly to the airlines and the DOT helps us identify and address specific concerns in order to improve your future travel experiences.

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