ROCHESTER -- Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of a $79.4 million project to modernize the Greater Rochester International Airport. Building upon New York State's record investments in revitalizing Upstate New York's economy, the airport's enhancements both inside and out will spur tourism and continue the region's forward progress.
"Modern transportation infrastructure is key to bringing new jobs and economic growth to the Finger Lakes region, and the new and improved Greater Rochester International Airport will do just that," Governor Cuomo said. "This project will transform the region by making the airport a gateway to the world and in the process boost tourism, create jobs and move the Finger Lakes Forward."
"As someone who grew up down the Thruway from Rochester, I know that the condition of an airport can either be a sorry reminder of better days gone, or a beautiful testament to a bright future," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "By transforming the formerly outdated Rochester airport, this new gleaming structure is now a spectacular welcome home for residents, and serves as a statement to visitors that the Finger Lakes region is truly moving forward."
The Greater Rochester International Airport renovations were completed on time, just two years after the Governor first announced the project. The transformation included a wide-scale redesign of the airport's terminal building to feature new shopping and dining options for travelers, including a "Taste of Rochester" restaurant and enhanced accessibility and security measures.
The project includes a newly renovated façade and a state-of-the-art canopy that will help protect the roadway outside the terminal from snow and ice during the winter and provide protection for people waiting curbside. The canopy features sustainable solar panels that can provide energy, a full 40,000-gallon rainwater collection system for irrigation and landscaping during the summer months, 24-hour security and LED lighting at night.
Additional exterior enhancements include a smartphone lot, completed in August 2017, allowing motorists to wait nearby until their awaited passengers arrive outside the terminal; new signage and landscaping at the entrance to the airport off I-390; and new LED light fixtures that line the airport's roadway.
As part of the project, Rochester is now the first airport in Upstate New York to install facial recognition and object left behind technology as part of the ongoing efforts to enhance the safety and security of employees and passengers. These cameras will assist the federal, state and local law enforcement, TSA and airport security in accomplishing their mission to provide for the safety and security of the Nation's transportation system.
The Airport is also creating a new Passenger Information Network to reduce passenger anxiety. This network, called ROCview, is free for passengers to use on their mobile devices or mounted tablets in the center food court. ROCview offers passengers the capability to view any of the 21 departure gates in real-time, from anywhere in the terminal on their mobile device, without actually having to be at the gate.
A new digital information hub is available to aid passengers departing at either concourse, and state-of-the-art technology engineered by the Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute for the Deaf will help guide deaf or hard-of-hearing passengers using different colored visual cues known as "hearing loops." Other technological upgrades to the airport include Bluetooth connectivity for passengers to find flight and gate information on their smartphones and new USB charging stations.
The airport has also partnered with one of Rochester's most popular tourist destinations, The Strong National Museum of Play, to create two play areas for children inside the terminal building.
As part of Governor Cuomo's Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization competition, the Greater Rochester International Airport is just one of many upstate airports that are undergoing safety enhancements and improved operations for a better passenger experience. The Albany International Airport, Syracuse Hancock International Airport, Elmira Corning Regional Airport, Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport, and the Plattsburgh International Airport are all being funded through this initiative.
Airport Food Court