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      Syracuse Airport Authority heads into last major step before airport transfer

      Syracuse Hancock International Airport

      The Syracuse Common Council has approved legislation authorizing the City of Syracuse to transfer control of the Syracuse Hancock International Airport to the Syracuse Regional Airport Authority.

      The long-awaited decision is the last step in completing the airport's application to the Federal Aviation Administration.

      Once the application is submitted, it will take four to six months for the FAA to approve the transfer of the airport's certificate of operations to the Airport Authority.

      The approval of transfer comes after months of debate within the Common Council to ensure a smooth transition for both the airport and its employees.

      The Syracuse Regional Airport Authority is an eleven-member board created in 2011 to try and bring further revenue and business to Hancock.

      The airport recently saw a $60 million expansion including centralized TSA screening and thousands of additional square feet for new vendors.