Ithaca Tompkins International Airport Announces Completion of $34.8 Million Renovation

Ithaca Tompkins International Airport is pleased to announce the completion of its $34.8 million modernization and expansion. The funding was granted in 2018 by Governor Andrew Cuomo, to whom ITH is very grateful. Without his initial funding and continued support throughout this renovation, ITH would not be able to continue promoting economic growth for the Southern Tier.

This exciting redevelopment project nearly doubled the size of the passenger terminal and added new gates and passenger boarding bridges. It also features enhanced security measures and modern passenger amenities to streamline passenger security and improve efficiency. The improved areas include spacious waiting areas equipped with charging stations, additional seating, post-security food and beverage options, additional retail opportunities, and an indoor children’s play area.  There is also a new canopy over the front entrance to protect travelers from inclement weather.

“Three years ago, we were wondering where we would find financial support to fix post-9/11 security issues in our aging terminal,” said Airport Director Mike Hall.  “Then Governor Cuomo invested in a total makeover of the facility that raised it to world class standards and made it an International portal to our global market. Thank you, Governor Cuomo, for ensuring that Ithaca Tompkins International Airport will remain a vital asset in our growing upstate economy!”

“We are beyond excited about our new terminal!” said Martha Robertson, Chair of the Tompkins County Legislature.  “We are grateful to the Governor for his generous support, to the union workers who kept the project on time and on budget, and to Airport Manager Mike Hall and his incredible team for keeping the airport open and the construction on track all throughout this challenging year. We are also excited that the new terminal is being heated by a geothermal system supported by solar – truly the 21st century gateway to Tompkins County that demonstrates our commitment to a sustainable future.”

Source: The Ithaca Journal

City of Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick also added his praise for the Airport expansion project.  “This much appreciated support from the State and the Governor has transformed the Tompkins County International Airport into a world class facility that is welcoming to visitors and local travelers alike” Mayor Myrick stated. “Tompkins County’s leadership has created an entrance into Ithaca and the surrounding area – and I’m grateful for all their hard work and investment.”

To celebrate this exciting expansion, ITH will be hosting an event in January so stay tuned for details!

Check out this excellent article by The Ithaca Journal that highlights the exciting airport renovation and expansion.

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