A glimpse of Syracuse Airport's future look when renovations are complete

Artist rendering of Syracuse Airport following renovations

Construction is already in the works at Syracuse Hancock Airport. But soon, the work will move inside.

That's when the main lobby and terminal will be renovated as part of a $48 million project to upgrade parts of the airport.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo paid a visit to the airport Tuesday to discuss how the project will make the airport more modern and spacious.

"Across the state we are investing in revitalizing and rebuilding our deteriorating airports and transforming them into vital gateways," Cuomo said. "With this project to revamp the Syracuse Hancock International Airport, we are investing in a state-of-the-art facility worthy of the Empire State that will greet passengers flying into Central New York for generations to come."

The new terminal will offer better food and retail options. It will also have e-ticketing, upgraded ticketing counters and baggage claim areas. More than 140,000 square feet of new flooring will also be added to the downstairs area.

Chas Shrewsberry, of Virginia, flew into Syracuse Tuesday on business. She's never traveled through the airport before but recognized the need for upgrades.

"You just immediately notice that it's just kinda dead and the construction," she said. "There's just like a narrow way to walk, so I wasn't impressed. I thought it would big and I guess more elaborate."

Shrewsberry liked what she saw when she looked at artist renderings of the planned renovations when completed. The governor's office released the renderings earlier Tuesday.

"I'm excited. I think next year if I come back through, then it will be a much better experience," she said.

There's hope that the new amenities and upgrades will draw in more airlines as well, like Southwest Airlines.

The renovations are expected to be completed by next fall.

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