Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner announced Tuesday that the new central passenger screening checkpoint at Syracuse Hancock International Airport will to open to the public on Wednesday.
The renovations began in August of 2011 with projected completion date for September of this year, but officials say the project finished under budget and ahead of schedule.
Miner says the Passenger Terminal Security and Access Improvement Project will process all outbound passengers and replace the current two checkpoint system.Aviation Commissioner Christina Callahan says she sees this as the beginning of a new era for the airport and its ability to attract new airlines and lower costs.Miner joined other elected officials, construction workers, leaders in the business community, and airport staff at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday.
â??This is the most important reconstruction project our airport has undergone since it first opened,â?? said Mayor Miner in a media release. â??The new, LEED designed center terminal and second floor central checkpoint will provide the traveling public with access to the newest screening equipment, four security lanes in one central area, lanes designated for the more experienced business traveler, and new features and amenities, including a CafÃ© Kubal location just inside the new checkpoint.â??
The project includes a 147,000 square foot addition, which connects the two concourses of the terminal building on the second level before and after the security checkpoints.
Miner says the $60 million project was funded with Passenger Facility Charges and a $6 million grant from the Transportation Security Administration with no costs to taxpayers, airlines or other tenants.