Mayor Stephanie A. Miner officially handed over the Federal Aviation Administration operating certificate for the Syracuse-Hancock International Airport from the City of Syracuse to the Syracuse Regional Airport Authority during a ceremony at the airport today. This formal transition ceremony is the culmination of a multi-year process to move airport operations from the City of Syracuse to an independent authority.
“Today marks the culmination of years of work on behalf of the City of Syracuse, SRAA, FAA, and the Syracuse Airport,” said Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner. “Officially turning over the operating certificate to the authority brings us in line with other top-tier airports across the state. They will be able to have even greater flexibility to reduce costs, bargain with airlines, and bring more low-cost flights to Central New York. As this transition takes off, we are excited to see the first class potential this brings to our airport.”
"The members of the Syracuse Regional Airport Authority would like to express our gratitude to the Federal Aviation Administration for its approval of the transfer of Syracuse Hancock International Airport," said William Fisher, chair of the SRAA board. "The transfer of the airport's operating certificate will provide the SRAA and its management team with tremendous opportunities to advance our mission of providing safe, secure, efficient and low-cost air transportation service to the 12-county region that we serve."
Efforts to transition the Syracuse Hancock International Airport from City control to an independent authority began with the enactment of enabling legislation by the State of New York in August, 2011. The Syracuse airport was one of the last airports in New York State still under local municipal control. All other major city airports, including John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia, and airports in the other I-90 corridor cities, operate under independent authorities.