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Syracuse Hancock International Airport

Coordinates: 43°06′40″N 076°06′23″W / 43.11111°N 76.10639°W / 43.11111; -76.10639
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Syracuse Hancock International Airport
Airport typePublic / Military
OwnerSyracuse Regional Airport Authority
OperatorSyracuse Department of Aviation
ServesSyracuse, New York, U.S.
LocationDeWitt / Salina / Cicero, Onondaga County, New York
Elevation AMSL421 ft / 128 m
Coordinates43°06′40″N 076°06′23″W / 43.11111°N 76.10639°W / 43.11111; -76.10639
FAA airport diagram
FAA airport diagram
Direction Length Surface
ft m
10/28 9,003 2,744 Asphalt
15/33 7,500 2,286 Asphalt
Statistics (2017, 2018)
Aircraft operations (2017)69,087
Based aircraft (2017)43
Passengers (2022)1,353,713
Sources: FAA,[1] ACI.[2]

Syracuse Hancock International Airport (IATA: SYR, ICAO: KSYR, FAA LID: SYR) is a joint civil–military airport five miles (8 km) northeast of downtown Syracuse, New York, and 65 miles (100 km) south of Watertown.[1] Operated by the Syracuse Department of Aviation, it is located off Interstate 81, near Mattydale. The main terminal complex is at the east end of Colonel Eileen Collins Boulevard. Half of the airport is located within the Town of DeWitt, with portions in the towns of Salina and Cicero.


In 1927, Syracuse mayor Charles Hanna felt his city needed an airport. Land in the Amboy section of the nearby town of Camillus was purchased for $50,000, and by 1928, the "Syracuse City Airport at Amboy" was handling airmail.

With the start of World War II, the airport was pressed into service as a flight training center for the Army Air Forces. By 1942, it had become apparent that Amboy Airport was not large enough to handle military needs. As a replacement, the AAF opened Syracuse Army Air Base in Mattydale. At the end of World War II the AAF leased the base to the city. On September 17, 1949, the Clarence E. Hancock Airport (named for the area's Congressman) opened to the public using a renovated machine shop as a terminal, and replaced the airport at Amboy.[3] The airport had three concrete runways, 5,500 feet (1,700 m) long and 300 feet (91 m) wide.

American, Buffalo, Colonial and Robinson Airlines were the first airlines at the airport. The April 1957 OAG shows 50 weekday departures: 30 on American, eight on Eastern and 12 on Mohawk. Nonstops didn't reach west past Buffalo or south past New York; Syracuse didn't get a Chicago nonstop until 1967. In the mid-1970s the airport was dominated by Mohawk's successor Allegheny Airlines, with some competition from Eastern and American.[4]

During this time Syracuse experienced massive growth and had to expand many times to handle additional passengers, this led to Syracuse becoming the second largest airport in Upstate New York by passenger volume and the largest by number of flights.[5] At its height, 3.17 million passengers passed through the airport.[6]

Utica-based Empire Airlines emerged as a regional competitor to Allegheny's successor USAir by the early 1980s.[7][8] Empire planned to move its headquarters to Syracuse, but these plans were cancelled when Piedmont Airlines acquired Empire in 1986.[9] After a legal battle with the city, Piedmont agreed to maintain a hub operation at the airport and advance funds for construction of a new terminal concourse.[10] USAir acquired Piedmont in 1989, becoming the airport's dominant carrier, but dismantled the Syracuse hub in the 1990s, leading to the closure of several gates.[11][better source needed]

FedEx 757-200F similar to the one that serves Syracuse
UPS 767-300ERF

The largest aircraft ever to visit Syracuse was in 1996 when an AN-124 of Antonov Airlines flew a cargo flight from Vienna. A British Airways Concorde made a scheduled landing at the airport on September 27, 1986.[12]

The airport has a cargo facility served by Fedex Express and UPS.

Syracuse presently has no scheduled international service. It has seen commercial service to Canada at various times in its history,[13] most recently in October 2018.[14]


The airport covers 2,000 acres (809 ha) at an elevation of 421 feet (128 m). It has two asphalt runways: 10/28 is 9,003 by 150 feet (2,744 × 46 m) and 15/33 is 7,500 by 150 feet (2,286 × 46 m).[1][15]

The east–west instrument runway (10-28) was extended from its original 5,500 feet by the mid-1950s to 6,863 feet and about 1958 to 8,000 feet. In 1958 the instrument landing system to runway 28 was augmented with a 3,000-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 9,005 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. In the summer months of 2020, the east–west runway 10-28 was resurfaced except for the end of 10 which includes the touchdown zone of 28, as this portion intersects runway 15/33 and would make construction difficult due to air traffic. Also in early 2020, high-speed taxiways in the mid-section of runway 10-28 were removed between taxiway A and the main runway; taxiway C was taken away and the portions of taxiways B and F were removed between taxiway A and the main runway. Two new taxiways were constructed - taxiway U was added as a right-angle taxiway east of where the high-speed exit taxiways used to be (between the main runway and taxiway A) allowing access to taxiway J on the opposite side of the runway. Another taxiway, labelled as taxiway Z, almost (but not quite) at a right angle to the runway, was constructed between runway 10-28 and taxiway A slightly west of where the high-speed exit taxiways used to be. Taxiway U also allows aircraft to cross over to taxiway J on the south side of the airport. During the same time frame, the main runway was extended very slightly to 9,014 feet (2,747 meters).

Around the time of building the new terminal building, runway 6-24 was shortened to 3,261 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 later abandoned. Runway 14-32 was lengthened in the 1960s to 6,000 feet. Another extension brought it to 6,480 feet and sometime around 1980 to its present length of 7,500 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.[16]

Ground Transportation[edit]

Taxis and ride-hailing services utilize pick-up areas outside of both terminals' baggage claim areas.[17]

Starting September 5, 2023, Centro, the local public transportation provider, will be providing local bus service to the airport, operating Monday through Saturday.[18][19]

OurBus and Trailways schedule several daily buses to the airport, connecting to regional cities such as Ithaca and Watertown.[20][21] All busses use the pick-up area near Terminal A's baggage claim.[22]


Syracuse receives an average 124 inches (3,100 mm) 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 over eight times,[23] most recently in 2018-2019, as of 2023.[24] Runway 28 allows for Category II instrument landing system (ILS).

Recent expansion and growth[edit]

An American Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-80 being de-iced at Terminal B. In the background is a Northwest Airlines DC-9 parked at Terminal A.

In 2013, the airport's two concourses were connected airside along with the opening of a new centralized security checkpoint.[25]

In November 2018, $62 million renovation efforts were completed on Syracuse's terminal. Renovations included larger windows and higher ceilings allowing more natural light, a brand new flight museum highlighting the history of aviation both locally and globally,[26] renovated passenger bridges connecting the terminal to the parking garage, as well as more "modern" airline check-in areas. The project took approximately eight months to complete.

Southwest Airlines entered the Syracuse market for the first time in 2021 after the airport offered waive $1.5 million in fees and agreed to offer $150,000 in marketing assistance.[27] Syracuse had been the only major upstate New York airport not served by Southwest. However, in April 2024, Southwest announced that Syracuse was one of four airports where they're ending service.[28]

On March 8, 2022, Breeze Airways began serving the airport.[29]

On June 10, 2022, the airport announced intentions to create its own police department. Previously, the Syracuse Police Department provided police services to the airport with off-duty officers.[30] The new police department began operations on March 6, 2023.[31]

An Escape Lounge opened in June 2023.[32]


The airport presently has several projects in planning or construction stages. Parking, which has reached capacity during recent peak travel times, is being expanded with new lots and a rebuild of the parking garage into two new garages. Car rental facilities will be moved from the terminal and parking garage to a new consolidated rental car facility and ground transportation center.[33]

The airport's terminal and its two concourses will see additional boarding bridges and hold room expansions. A new U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility will be built to replace a smaller, outdated one.[34]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Allegiant Air Fort Lauderdale, Nashville, Orlando/Sanford, Sarasota, St. Petersburg/Clearwater
Seasonal: Myrtle Beach, Punta Gorda (FL)
American Airlines Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth
Seasonal: Washington–National
American Eagle Boston, Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Philadelphia, Washington–National
Seasonal: Miami
Breeze Airways Charleston (SC), Las Vegas, Tampa
Seasonal: Fort Myers,[38] Norfolk, Raleigh/Durham[39]
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Seasonal: Detroit, New York–LaGuardia
Delta Connection Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia
Frontier Airlines Atlanta,[42] Orlando
Seasonal: Denver, Fort Myers, Raleigh/Durham
JetBlue Boston, New York–JFK, Orlando [44]
Southwest Airlines Baltimore, Orlando (both end August 4, 2024)[45]
Seasonal: Tampa (ends August 4, 2024)[46]
Sun Country Airlines Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul[47] [48]
United Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Denver
Seasonal: Newark, Washington–Dulles
United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Newark, Washington–Dulles
Destinations Map
All destinations from Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR).

• Red represents year-round destinations.
• Green represents seasonal destinations.
• Blue represents upcoming destinations.

• Pink represents suspended destinations.


FedEx Express Burlington, Harrisburg, Indianapolis, Memphis, Rochester
Quest Diagnostics Elmira, Rochester, Worcester, Reading, Boston
UPS Airlines Albany, Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, Hartford, Louisville, Philadelphia, Roanoke
Seasonal: Boston, Manchester, Gary, Ontario
Wiggins Airways/Ameriflight/Freight Runners Express Plattsburgh, Massena, Potsdam

In addition to these carriers SYR will occasionally be visited by a Cessna 208 of Castle Aviation.


Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from SYR (February 2023 – January 2024)[50]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta, Georgia 135,740 Delta
2 Illinois Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 134,440 American, United
3 North Carolina Charlotte, North Carolina 133,740 American
4 Maryland Baltimore, Maryland 130,350 Southwest
5 Florida Orlando, Florida 103,720 Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest
6 New York (state) New York–JFK, New York 102,340 Delta, JetBlue
7 Michigan Detroit, Michigan 96,020 Delta
8 New Jersey Newark, New Jersey 65,600 United
9 New York (state) New York–LaGuardia, New York 63,300 Delta
10 Virginia Washington–National, Virginia 62,760 American

Annual traffic[edit]

Annual passenger traffic (enplaned) at SYR, 2001 through 2023[51]
Year Passengers Year Passengers
2023 1,430,563
2022 1,265,843 2011 999,880
2021 852,641 2010 1,035,916
2020 445,213 2009 1,024,227
2019 1,293,353 2008 1,116,584
2018 1,156,458 2007 1,184,162
2017 1,038,308 2006 1,133,040
2016 999,158 2005 1,228,991
2015 1,000,722 2004 1,135,713
2014 998,900 2003 954,930
2013 1,000,466 2002 953,935
2012 988,347 2001 953,011

Airline market share[edit]

Largest airlines at SYR
(February 2023 – January 2024)[52]
Rank Airline Passengers Share
1 American Airlines 344,000 12.15%
2 Delta Air Lines 330,000 11.66%
3 Southwest Airlines 323,000 11.41%
4 Endeavor Air (operating as Delta Connection) 299,000 10.57%
5 United Airlines 272,000 9.61%
Other 1,262,000 44.61%

Flight schools[edit]

Syracuse Hancock International is home to Syracuse Flight School, formerly known as Waypoint Flight School.

The Syracuse Flying Club, based out of the MillionAir FBO, offers flight training.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "2010 North American final rankings". Archived from the original on May 24, 2011.
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