Elmira, Corning airport update is complete
ALBANY--Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced the completion of the $61.5 million project to redesign the Elmira Corning Regional Airport. The redesigned airport features a larger terminal with approximately 60 percent more floor space, 300 additional parking spaces, new food and beverage options and an additional jet bridge that will eliminate the need for travelers to walk across the tarmac to reach their planes. The project continues Cuomo's "Southern Tier Soaring" initiative, an effort to promote growth and community development throughout the entire region.
"Airports are the front door to our regions and the new Elmira Corning Regional Airport will spur economic growth and offer a state-of-the-art facility that appropriately welcomes visitors and residents alike," Cuomo said. "There's no second opportunity to make a first impression, and this revitalized airport will show visitors what the Southern Tier is all about as they explore all the tourism and recreational opportunities the region has to offer."
"This significant investment to modernize the Elmira Corning Regional Airport will increase terminal space and enhance the overall travel experience," said Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, who attended the grand opening. "The airport was small and outdated, but with these improvements it will offer green space and food and beverage options for passengers. The transformation of the airport continues our economic development efforts in the Southern Tier to boost the economy and attract more visitors to the area."
With the modernization complete, the terminal's floor size has increased from 55,000 square feet to 88,000 square feet. A Taste NY grab-and-go kiosk promotes New York's food and beverage producers and provide travelers the opportunity to purchase locally-made snacks, coffee, tea and dairy products in addition to gift items like maple, honey and concord grape products. A Taste NY Bar, which opens in December, will serve a rotating selection of New York state craft beverages.
The airport now also features a new baggage claim belt to handle increased volume, as well as strengthened security measures, including state-of-the-art cameras, to better monitor passenger areas.
Three new courtyards, built with sustainable building and renewable energy technologies, showcase the local landscape. A post-security courtyard can be accessed while travelers wait to board, while another can be accessed through the pre-security restaurant, with a third viewable while picking up baggage and while en route to TSA lanes. Energy efficient lighting and programmable glass to display flight information and provide direction to travelers have also been installed.