Syracuse Hancock International Airport
|Syracuse Hancock International Airport|
|IATA: SYR – ICAO: KSYR – FAA LID: SYR|
|Owner||City of Syracuse|
|Operator||Syracuse Department of Aviation|
|Serves||Syracuse, New York|
|Location||DeWitt / Salina / Cicero, Onondaga County, New York|
|Elevation AMSL||421 ft / 128 m|
|Sources: FAA, ACI.|
Syracuse Hancock International Airport (IATA: SYR, ICAO: KSYR, FAA LID: SYR) is a city owned, joint civil-military public airport five miles northeast of downtown Syracuse, in Onondaga County, New York, United States. The airport is off Interstate 81 near Mattydale, New York. The main terminal complex is at the east end of Colonel Eileen Collins Boulevard.
It is in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which called it a primary commercial service airport. Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 1,105,143 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 1,016,571 in 2009 and 1,024,505 in 2010.
In 1927 Syracuse mayor Charles Hanna felt that his city needed an airport. A location at Amboy in the town of Camillus, New York was purchased for $50,000, and by 1928, the "Syracuse City Airport at Amboy" was handling airmail. At the end of World War II the United States Army Air Corps leased their bomber base near Mattydale, New York to the city. On September 17, 1949 the Clarence E. Hancock Airport opened to the public using a renovated machine shop as a terminal, and replaced the airport at Amboy. The airport had three concrete runways, 5,500-foot (1,700 m) long and 300-foot (91 m) wide. American, Buffalo, Colonial and Robinson Airlines were the first airlines at the airport.
In 2004 Syracuse Mayor Matthew Driscoll created a television and internet campaign, titled Fly Syracuse, in an attempt to lower fares and increase passenger traffic at the airport. The airport has since experienced a period of growth thanks to the efforts of local business contributions toward the campaign.
Facilities and aircraft
Syracuse Hancock International Airport covers 2,000 acres (809 ha) at an elevation of 421 feet (128 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt runways: 10/28 is 9,003 by 150 feet (2,744 x 46 m) and 15/33 is 7,500 by 150 feet (2,286 x 46 m).
In the 1950s the east-west instrument runway (10-28) was extended from its original 5500 feet by the mid-1950s to 6863 feet and a few years later to 8000 feet. In 1958, the instrument landing system to runway 28 was augmented with a 3000 foot high-intensity approach lighting system. With the use of the Century series fighter aircraft by the Air Force, around 1960 the main east-west runway was extended again, this time to 9005 feet. The runway was strengthened in the early 1960s for the heavier Boeing 707 aircraft. In the 1960s, runway centerline lighting was added to the main runway along with touchdown zone lighting on the runway 28 end.
Around the time of building the new terminal building, runway 6-24 was shortened to 3261 feet to allow construction of the entrance road to the new terminal facilities and continued to be used as a general aviation runway into the 1970s, and was abandoned after that. Runway 14-32 was lengthened in the 1960s to 6000 feet. Another extension brought it to 6480 feet and sometime around 1980 to its present length of 7500 feet. The crosswind runway was renumbered from 14-32 to 15-33. An instrument landing system was added to runway 10 with medium intensity approach lighting with runway alignment indicator lights. Runway 15 was equipped with a medium intensity approach lighting system.
In the year ending September 30, 2011 the airport had 72,113 aircraft operations, average 197 per day: 45% air taxi, 24% scheduled commercial, 20% military, and 12% general aviation. 93 aircraft were then based at this airport: 55% single-engine, 26% military, 10% multi-engine, 8% jet, and 2% helicopter.
The Syracuse region receives an average 124 inches (289.56 cm) of snow annually, most of any major city in the United States. On average, the airport is closed less than 24 hours annually due to snowfall. The airport has received the Balchen/Post Award for Excellence in the Performance of Snow and Ice Control a total of eight times, most recently in 2012-2013. Runway 28 allows for Category II Instrument Landing System (ILS).
C&S is providing professional design and construction inspection/observation services for the construction of the Syracuse Hancock International Airport terminal security and access improvement project, a 147,000-square-foot (13,700 m2) renovation design project with an estimated cost of $63 million. The most critical components of the project include: post check-in TSA baggage handling, improved passenger screening, and sustainability. This project is 100 percent funded by PFC's (Passenger Facility Charges) meaning that no tax dollars will be used to construct this project. For more information refer to www.syrairport.org. This project connects Terminal A to Terminal B. This allows all passengers to be screened at a centralized location, and then proceed to their gate from the center. There will also be new concessions and restaurants housed in the new area, as well as in the existing areas of Terminals A and B. This will hopefully create greater appeal for new airlines to fly into Syracuse. On May 15, 2013, the airport opened the new security area to passengers. As expected with anything new, there were some minor glitches; 40 passengers missed flights. They were reimbursed by the airport with $150 vouchers. On day 2, the airport processed 881 passengers through the new security checkpoint, and had zero problems. Before the new gate that houses the security checkpoint was an observatory for children to watch planes.
In May 2013, about a week after the expansion, airport commissioner Christina Callahan hinted in an interview with local news that a new airline with a Florida presence might be on its way to Syracuse. She said that it was a low cost airline, something Syracuse has been lacking for a while. Many discounted this information due to the fact that many airlines have hinted at coming, but not many had actually started service. But this time, doubters were proved wrong. On August 21, Allegiant Air announced that it would begin service into Hancock to/from St.Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport, in the Tampa Bay area. Mayor Stephanie Miner and the commissioner both confirmed this later the next day at a news conference. Flights begin November 7, and are twice a week, as with most Allegiant flights, on Thursdays and Sundays. Starting February 14, flights shift to Mondays and Fridays. Allegiant will receive a total of $775,000 in grants and discounts in the form of landing fees, plane parking and other fees collected by the airport. Allegiant said in addition to the standard MD-80 series aircraft which seats 156, the airline will also operate their new Airbus A320 aircraft, which has a seating capacity of 177. Airbus A319s may also be seen on the route.
A major low point of the airport has been the lack of concession options. The food is of poor quality and is not from national or trusted brands. also, it's options seem to be "stuck in the 80's" with dingy lighting and poor options. However, on October 11, 2013, the Syracuse Regional Airport Authority voted to award a 15 year contract to Creative Food Group LL, New York City, for all-new concessions following the airport's expansion and face lift. Previously, Delaware-North Cos, based in Buffalo, operated all the concessions for the past 20 years. The lack of updating and modernization, along with a weak proposal, lost Delaware-North the contract to Creative Food Group. Creative Food Group's plans include the following: Middle Ages Brewing Co. pub and Middle Ages Express - A pub featuring both local beers and usuals, with a sit down restaurant and a T Go area., Two Market Fresh food shops - Offers sandwiches, salads, drinks, etc. for on the go. Say Si Bon! - Sandwiches, Soups, and Breakfast options Dunkin' Donuts coffee shop - Coffee and donuts, breakfast sandwiches, bagels, etc. Jamba Juice stand - Fresh juice and beverages Johnny Rockets restaurant - Diner-style restaurant, traditional 1950s restaurant atmosphere Cafe Brioche Doree - A French cafe Non-food amenities to be added include a New York Times books and news shop, a CNBC Smartshop news stand, and a Tech for Takeoff accessory shop.
Airlines and destinations
The following airlines offer scheduled passenger flights:
|FedEx Express||Memphis, Newark, Burlington (VT)|
|UPS||Albany, Buffalo, Louisville, Manchester (NH), Philadelphia, Roanoke|
Syracuse Hancock International is home to Syracuse Flight School which replaced what was Waypoint Flight School.
- Syracuse Suburban Airport
- Syracuse Municipal Airport
- New York World War II Army Airfields
- Eastern Air Defense Force (Air Defense Command)
- 32nd Air Division (United States)
- FAA Airport Master Record for SYR ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
- 2010 North American final rankings[dead link]
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
- "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
- "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
- "FlySyracuse.com". Retrieved January 9, 2012.
- "KSYR - Syracuse Hancock International Airport". AirNav. Retrieved 2013-08-28.
- "North East Chapter American Association of Airport Executives - The Balchen/Post Award". Necaaae.org. 2013-04-24. Retrieved 2013-08-28.
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- Dick Blume (2013-05-16). "Day Two: No delays at Syracuse airport security". syracuse.com. Retrieved 2013-08-28.
- Official website
- LiveATC's Streaming Audio of SYR ATC
- Historical Photos of the original airport at Amboy, as well as its current state
- Syracuse Hancock International (SYR) from New York State DOT airport directory
- Aerial image as of March 1995 from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective November 14, 2013
- FAA Terminal Procedures for SYR, effective November 14, 2013
- Resources for this airport: