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 airport five miles northeast of downtown Syracuse, in Onondaga County, New York. The airport is off Interstate 81 near Mattydale, New York. The main terminal complex is at the east end of Colonel Eileen Collins Boulevard.
The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 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 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, Fly Syracuse, hoping to lower fares and increase passenger traffic at the airport. The airport has since experienced growth thanks to the efforts of local business contributions toward the campaign.
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, to 9005 feet. The runway was strengthened in the early 1960s for the heavier Boeing 707. In the 1960s runway centerline lighting was added to the main runway and 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 make room for the entrance road to the new terminal) and continued to be 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 got 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% airline, 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.
Syracuse 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 eight times, most recently in 2012-2013. Runway 28 allows for Category II Instrument Landing System (ILS).
Expansion and Growth
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.flysyracuse.com. 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 is an observatory for children to watch planes.
The airport has lacked concession options. The food is poor quality and is not from national or trusted brands. Also, options seem to be "stuck in the 80's" with dingy lighting. On October 11, 2013 the 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. 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 Johnny Rockets, Dunkin' Donuts, a CNBC Smartshop, a New York Times Bookstore, and many more local and national outlets.
On December 12, 2013 Senator Charles Schumer (D-New York)announced that he had met with Delta CEO Richard Anderson. The purpose was to bring in new air service, and Schumer was successful. Delta's service to JFK from Hancock will be tripled from 1 daily trip to 3 daily trips beginning April 2014. In addition, extra flights to Minneapolis will be added, although the number was unspecified. Service to Atlanta will be served by larger aircraft, which will lead to an 8% seat capacity jump.
Airlines and destinations
Scheduled passenger flights:
|FedEx Express||Memphis, Newark, Burlington (VT)|
|UPS||Albany, Buffalo, Hartford/Springfield (seasonal), 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 March 6, 2014
- FAA Terminal Procedures for SYR, effective March 6, 2014
- Resources for this airport: