Governor Andrew Cuomo was in town on Tuesday to help break ground on a new expansion project at the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport, which, if all goes according to plan, will soon be known as the Ithaca Tompkins International Airport.

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Artist’s rendering of the redesigned exterior of the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport. (Office of the Governor)

Included in the additions are:

  • An updated and enlarged security checkpoint. The current facility cannot meet post-9/11 standards, while the new one will allow more comprehensive security and a larger baggage screening area.
  • Three new passenger bridges for jets and additional air service.
  • A new facility for Customs and Border Protection, which will allow international flights to come directly to Ithaca.
  • New dining options both before security and at the gates.
  • A new outdoor canopy for walkways and outdoor passenger waiting areas.

Over half of the funding for the $24.7 million project came from the State as a part of the “Southern Tier Soaring” initiative. The remaining $10.2 million comes from federal funding, while Tompkins County contributed $260,000.

Ithaca is just one of many upstate airports to get a facelift this year. Syracuse Hancock International is currently in the middle of a $45 million renovation project, and Albany International is scheduled to undergo renovations in the next few years.

The renovations in Ithaca should be completed by the end of 2019.