Major Transformation Coming to Greater Rochester International Airport

Major Transformation Coming to Greater Rochester International Airport


By Mary McCombs

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo made a stop in Rochester Wednesday morning using the airport as a backdrop for his announcement involving word of significant funding.

The Greater Rochester International Airport is the winner of a $63 million transformation project. Gov. Cuomo said the state will chip in $40 million. A total of $23 million will be funded locally.

Cuomo said the money was made available through the Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization Competition that was held in May. Of the 16 winners, Rochester was one of them.

“It’s about the airport and the amenities. Airports are different than they were 30, 40 years ago. It’s not about just showing up and getting on a taxiway to take a plane. It’s now a destination in and of itself. People expect the level of amenities they have in other airports,” said Cuomo.

The plan calls for a complete re-do of the the security checkpoint, a protective canopy covering the arrival and departure roadway, more lounge seating, smart terminal technology, communication alerts for the blind and hearing impaired and a children play zone. The plan also includes new retail and dining venues.

The project will create 1,200 construction jobs.