• Discover Ithaca, NY – a Beautiful Place to Visit

    Your Destination Just Got Better There are many beautiful places to visit in New York, but if you are planning a stay in Ithaca, you won’t be sorry. You will be intrigued by the many things to do in this beautiful city located on Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes Region. With a population of 31,000, Ithaca allows you to 

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  • Ithaca Tompkins International Airport Now Offering Air Service to John F. Kennedy International Airport

    Delta Air Lines to add two daily flights to JFK beginning in early 2023. Ithaca Tompkins International Airport (ITH) announced Delta Air Lines will now offer two daily flights to John F. Kennedy International Airport starting January 9, 2023. Business and leisure travelers can begin booking 6:00 AM and 2:00 PM departures on larger, more fuel-efficient 75-seat CRJ-900 regional jets

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  • The History of the U.S. Taking Flight

    The FAA is Born On December 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright changed United States history. On that day, the first powered flight took place. It was a mere 12 seconds, but this flying machine led to the development two short years later of the first “real” airplane.  In 1925, the Air Mail Act, commonly known as the Kelly act,

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  • First African American Flight Attendant Takes Flight from ITH

    In December 1957, Mohawk Airlines hired Ruth Carol Taylor as the first African American flight attendant in the United States. Born in Boston, MA, on December 27, 1931, she and her family moved to upstate New York at a young age, where they lived on a farm in the Finger Lakes Region. Taylor grew up on her farm and graduated

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  • A Summer In Ithaca

    With summer upon us, there is no better place to be than Ithaca, New York! One of the most well-known gems of the Finger Lakes region, Ithaca is a great place to enjoy some summer fun. Bursting at the city limits with endless activities and home to Ithaca College and Cornell University, Ithaca has something for everyone! With local restaurants

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  • Ithaca Tompkins International Airport Now Offers Direct Flights to Philly

    The Ithaca Tompkins International Airport (ITH) is thrilled to announce that American Airlines is now offering direct flights from Ithaca (ITH) to Philadelphia (PHL). With this change, travelers can get to and from Philly in record time. While this may seem too good to be true, rest assured, ITH’s new daily nonstop flights from Ithaca to Philly will get travelers

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  • Airline Passenger Feedback Questionnaire

    Dear valued traveler, We invite you to participate in this questionnaire for the Ithaca Tompkins International Airport (ITH). Your responses will be kept confidential and will be used to help attract air service to our airport so we can continue to provide exceptional service to our traveling community. Take the survey here. To show our appreciation for your time and

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  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Visit to Ithaca

    In celebration of Black History Month, the Ithaca Tompkins International Airport (ITH) would like to highlight one of the many significant individuals who contributed to our nation’s fight for equality.

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  • New Restaurant Officially Opens with Exciting Flavors for Travelers and Ithaca Community

    The Legacy By ARDM Enterprises is officially open and operational at the Ithaca Tompkins International Airport, making history as the first ever Black-owned business to operate a restaurant out of the terminal. The Legacy has plans to serve travelers and the broader Ithaca community from 5am-9pm, seven days a week. The opening of new restaurant was marked by a ribbon

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  • The Legacy By ARDM Enterprises Awarded Contract For Food & Beverage At Ithaca / Tompkins International Airport

    We are so excited to share that The Legacy by ARDM Enterprises has been awarded the contract to operate the café, bar, and gift shop at the Ithaca Tompkins International Airport. The Legacy by ARDM is a Black owned company local to the Ithaca area and will operate “The Legacy,” encompassing breakfast, lunch, and dinner options for travelers through the

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  • Ithaca Tompkins International Airport Celebrates Two Years of Receiving Aviation Accolade

    Ithaca Tompkins International Airport (ITH) is thrilled to announce that after having undergone its required annual recertification, it has received the highest accolade for the second year in a row.

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  • 11 Summer Activities in the Ithaca Area

    In our humble opinion, Summer in the Finger Lakes is a big slice of heaven. There is natural beauty everywhere you turn and endless outdoor activities at your fingertips. Gorges, waterfalls, hiking, wineries, paddling, camping, you name it. There’s something for everyone. There is a reason the Finger Lakes is often popping up in travel publications and booming with tourism.

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  • Widespread Appreciation

    Last week, the Ithaca Tompkins International Airport held an appreciation event for customers, the return of United Airlines, and all airline partners and tenants for their commitment and dedication to the airport throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. After a very long and difficult year for all entities under the ITH umbrella, last week marked a significant turning point. Things are looking

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  • Triennial Disaster Drill

    On Saturday morning at 9am, alarms were sounded and the Airport Fire & Rescue team rushed to the scene of a simulated airliner crash landing with mass casualties. Every three years, the FAA requires a full-scale disaster drill at the Ithaca Tompkins International Airport to test the effectiveness of first responders and local emergency plans. “The airport disaster drill is

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  • United to Resume Flights to D.C. on June 3rd

    Things are looking up! We are very excited to share that our United Airlines service to Washington Dulles (IAD) will resume on June 3rd with two daily flights Monday through Friday and one daily flight on Saturdays and Sundays. This service will connect our passengers to over 100 destinations around the country and beyond. “We are thrilled that United Airlines

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  • Masks to be Required for Commercial Air Travel Through September

    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is extending the face mask requirement for individuals across all transportation networks throughout the United States, including at airports, onboard commercial aircraft, on over-the-road buses, and on commuter bus and rail systems through September 13. We broke down some of the common questions surrounding this announcement to help keep us all on the same page

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  • First Time Flier Travels Out of the Ithaca Tompkins Intl. Airport

    We caught up with Katie, a 20-something first time flier after her recent trip that began at the Ithaca Tompkins International Airport (ITH). Katie was thrilled to share her experience with other new fliers and can’t wait for her next trip. Learn more about Katie’s experience below: Q: Where did you go and why did you choose to fly out

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  • Things Are Looking Up!

    Things are really starting to look up around here. As of April 1st, the New York State travel advisory has been lifted and as an added bonus, American Airlines has resumed a second daily flight to Charlotte (CLT) effective Friday, April 2nd. In terms of the travel advisory changes, domestic travelers flying into New York State after April 1 will continue

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  • TSA Installs New Acrylic Shields to Help Protect Passengers and Employees

    Are you planning to fly soon? Upcoming spring break plans perhaps? Well we’re proud to share that our terminal just got that much safer for both travelers and employees. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has installed new acrylic shields at the security checkpoint at Ithaca Tompkins International Airport as part of the agency’s continued efforts to implement initiatives to help

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  • Flying and COVID-19 Vaccines

    As more and more people get vaccinated, more and more questions arise about what exactly it means to be vaccinated, especially in terms of travel mandates and guidelines. Unfortunately, being vaccinated doesn’t mean you can take your mask off and party like it’s 2019; many of the same guidelines still apply. We put together some current information about flying after

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  • Ithaca Tompkins Intl. Airport Receives $1.3 Million in Federal Assistance

    The Ithaca Tompkins International Airport is set to receive over 1.3 million dollars from the federal COVID-19 relief package that was passed last month. After several days of negotiating on behalf of Upstate New York, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand revealed that last month’s bipartisan COVID relief package includes $36,559,697 for specific airports across Upstate

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  • Ithaca Tompkins International Airport Completes Fuel Farm Project

    We are very excited to announce that the new fuel farm at Ithaca Tompkins International Airport is now complete, with a successful first week of operation in the books. The fuel farm is a facility used for storage and distribution of jet and diesel fuel, as well as unleaded gas for support vehicles. Fuel farms are common at airports so

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  • Five Simple Tips from TSA to Prepare for Holiday Travel

    Transportation Security Administration (TSA) put together a list of tips to help you avoid Santa’s “Naughty” list if you’re planning to travel by air this holiday season. There are several proactive steps that you can take to help ensure that all goes smoothly when you get to a TSA security checkpoint at the airport. Many people haven’t traveled in several

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  • 5 Fast Facts About Charlotte Douglass International Airport

    American Airlines now offers daily service to and from Charlotte Douglass International Airport (CLT), American’s second largest hub. CLT is a very well-connected, innovative and customer-focused airport. We put together some fast facts to help you get familiar with CLT so you can know what to expect if you utilize the new daily service for any upcoming travel. Service &

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  • A Guide for Holiday Air Travel

    Air travel for the upcoming holiday season is going to look quite different than in the past. In a typical year, over 100 million Americans would be booking travel plans during the holiday season; in 2019 that number soared to over 115 million. Although the next few months will show a drastic decrease in air travel compared to previous years,

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  • Our Military Courtesy Room

    The Military Courtesy Room was a new addition in the 2019 renovation of the Ithaca Tompkins International Airport, and it’s a space that our airport is very proud to offer. The room is located pre-security near the café, and includes sofas, cable TV, a sink, microwave and more. Airport Director and Retired Air Force Maj. General Mike Hall is particularly

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  • Moment of Movement: Giving Our Youth a Flying Start Raises More than $25,000 for Local Families

      On Saturday, September 26, the Ithaca Tompkins International Airport (ITH) and Ithaca Marriott Downtown on the Commons hosted Moment of Movement: Giving Our Youth a Flying Start and raised $25,930 for local families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.   “I am so proud of our community for coming together for this great cause and am thrilled we were able

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  • Mike Hall Appointed to New York Aviation Management Association Diversity and Inclusion Committee

      Mike Hall recently accepted an invitation to serve on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for the New York Aviation Management Association (NYAMA), with a mission to strike a vision for diversity and inclusion in the NYS aviation workforce. The Diversity and Inclusion Committee was recently reformed after lapsing several years ago. This reformation has been spearheaded by Christina Callahan,

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  • Moment of Movement: Giving Our Youth a Flying Start

    The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted families and employers in our community. As caregivers re-enter the workforce, many are in need of immediate childcare assistance. The Ithaca Tompkins International Airport (ITH) and the Ithaca Marriott Downtown on the Commons are pleased to announce Moment of Movement: Giving Our Youth a Flying Start, a fundraiser to benefit United Way of Tompkins County and the Ithaca Youth Bureau. All proceeds will provide childcare and enrichment activity resources to families as well as help employers retain their workforce.

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  • Pilot Profile – Eric Hummel

    We have one more very exciting Pilot Profile – Eric Hummel, Executive Director and Chief Flight Instructor at The East Hill Flying Club! For Eric, airplanes and flying have been a central theme in his life since he was a young boy. His father had a friend who was a Private Pilot, and he took Eric for his first airplane

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  • Pilot Profile – Art Muka

    Our celebration of aviation will come to a close with our final ‘Pilot Profile’. Last but not least, we’re featuring Art Muka, Professor Emeritus of Entomology at Cornell University and longtime member of The East Hill Flying Club! Art’s aviation experience started during World War II, when he volunteered in the V-5 Naval Aviation Cadet Program. He was a naval

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  • Happy National Aviation Day!

    Happy National Aviation Day! Believe it or not, Ithaca, New York has a deep history with aviation. If you live in or frequently visit Ithaca, you may be aware that our airport, the Ithaca Tompkins International Airport (ITH) has been in business since the 1950’s. However, aviation in Ithaca and neighboring towns dates back to the very early 1900s. In

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  • Pilot Profile – Mike Hall

    Today, in our continued celebration of National Aviation Day, we are highlighting our very own Airport Director, Mike Hall! Mike has a very rich history with aviation, including an amazing career flying for the United States Air Force. As a child in the 50s, Mike became fascinated with the bloom in aviation that began during WWII. The X Planes in

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  • Pilot Profile – Alex Torea

    Did you know that Wednesday is National Aviation Day? We’re celebrating by putting the spotlight on some impressive members of our thriving aviation community! There are countless pilots and aviation enthusiasts in the area, but we’re starting with Alex Torea. At age 27, Alex flies private jets for a living AND owns his airplane! Alex got involved in aviation at

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  • COVID-19 Travel Advisory

    The New York State Travel Advisory went into effect on June 25th with the intention of protecting New York’s successful containment of COVID-19. Designated states continue to be added and removed, with new mandates being regularly released to enforce the advisory. All travelers flying into New York State are expected to quarantine for 14 days if they have recently traveled

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  • What To Expect When You Fly In and Out of ITH

    As we begin to welcome more and more passengers back into our terminal, we want to be absolutely transparent about what we and our airline partners are doing to keep everyone safe. We also want to be very clear about what changes travelers can expect, and what is expected of travelers. Travelers flying into New York State after April 1,

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  • Top 10 Social Distancing Activities in the Ithaca Area This Summer

    We’ve carefully reopened here in Tompkins County and daily life is slowly starting to feel somewhat normal. Restaurants are opening for indoor and outdoor seating, many retail stores are open for in-person shopping, and everyone’s hair is back to its desired length! Although many beloved activities are back on the table, social distancing and mask wearing remains a priority, as

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  • Why Is An Airport Essential?

    The Ithaca Tompkins International Airport (ITH) is very quiet these days.  Only a handful of flights are coming in and out per day.  But our cleaners are still cleaning, TSA workers are still screening, airline employees are working, and rental cars are available.  Why? Despite the current travel restrictions, essential travel is still permitted.  Medical workers are flying throughout the

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  • Messages From Our Airline Partners

     Delta  CEO Ed Bastian has released several messages detailing the specific steps that Delta has taken to ensure safety for passengers and employees. The latest message also mentioned how Delta is helping in the fight against COVID-19, including the transport of medical supplies, repatriation flights, and free flights for medical volunteers to certain U.S. regions that have been significantly impacted

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  • ITH Communication Regarding COVID-19

    The Ithaca Tompkins International Airport’s leadership team is closely monitoring the developments related to COVID-19 regionally and globally. Our team is doing everything possible to ensure the safety of our passengers and employees. At this time, Ithaca Tompkins International Airport (ITH) is operating under normal conditions and working closely with airline partners to continue providing service and safe connections. The

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  • Health Tips for Travelers

    The coronavirus pandemic has raised concerns and restrictions for air travelers.  Here are some health tips you can use to reduce your susceptibility to cold and flu viruses Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

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  • GoFundMe Set Up to Help the Family of ITH Employee

    We are saddened by the news that, Karl, a member of our ITH family has suffered a devastating loss. If you would like to contribute to the family during this time, please click here.

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  • Client Appreciation Week Recap

    Our 2020 Client Appreciation Week was a success! We handed out free baked goods and coffee courtesy of Ithaca Coffee Co., along with free swag items ranging from pop-sockets to luggage tags to reusable bags. Passengers flying in and out of ITH were also able to enter raffle for a $500 travel voucher, as well as leave comments about the

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  • 2020 Client Appreciation Week

    Are you traveling in or out of our airport this week? Look for our client appreciation booth! Beginning January 15th  and ending January 17th we’ll be welcoming back students and thanking the community that travels in and out of the Ithaca Airport. Most travelers flying in and out will be seeing our newly renovated airport for the first time, as

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  • ITH Hosts First Business After Hours of 2020

    On Wednesday, January 8, 2020, the Ithaca Tompkins International Airport welcomed more than 200 community members for a Business After Hours and celebration of the newly renovated airport. The Business After Hours is a monthly networking event produced by the Tompkins Chamber of Commerce. The evening included food, drink, music, speeches, prizes and exclusive tours of the new airport. Remarks

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  • 2019-2020 Photo Contest Finalists

    Thank you to all who participated in our 2019-2020 photo contest! We had so many incredible photos to choose from. These 12 photos will be displayed as a gallery in the non-secure side of our airport, so anyone is welcome to come view them. We will release an announcement on Facebook and flyithaca.com when the gallery is installed. Please comment

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  • 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

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  • Ithaca Tompkins Airport Transitions From Regional to International – What Does It Mean?

    If you’ve been up to the Ithaca Tompkins International Airport recently, you may have noticed that the new signage says just that: Ithaca Tompkins International Airport. “Regional” has slowly been replaced with “international” inside and outside the new terminal – but what exactly does this mean? Direct airline flights to Paris? Not yet! Along with new gates, new jet bridges

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  • Mike Hall Speaks at Tompkins County Naturalization Ceremony

    On Wednesday, November 6th, Airport Director Mike Hall helped welcome and congratulate 29 new United States Citizens into Tompkins County. The ceremony took place in the Tompkins County courthouse, which was packed with petitioners, families, friends, and community members. The ceremony featured music by Johnny Russo and London McDaniels, along with speeches by Tompkins County Legislator Mike Sigler and Mike

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  • 25-Year Old Time Capsule Found Amidst Airport Construction

    During the early stages of the construction of Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport (ITH)’s new terminal, the construction crew discovered a time capsule that had been buried within the previous terminal’s wall during the 1994 renovation. The time capsule, looking slightly deformed, included contents such as the program from the May 21, 1994 Grand Opening Ceremony, photos of then- ITH staff,

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