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Albany airport gets $60M from NYS for terminal expansion

Sep 15, 2022 12:45 am

Melissa Manno and Lauren Stanforth are reporting for the Times Union that the Albany International Airport will receive $60 million for a $100 million project to expand its terminal and provide more space for security checkpoint and concessions. The award, announced by Gov. Kathy Hochul on September 14, is the largest state grant the airport has received. The $60 million was part of a $230 million grant awarded to other upstate airports for modernization, which included the Binghamton, Watertown, Syracuse, Rochester, Ogdensburg, Saratoga County, Sullivan County, and Adirondack airports. Albany airport CEO Philip Calderone said the money will be used to expand the terminal so that security lines do not back up on the pedestrian bridge from the parking garage to the terminal, and to better separate concessions from the TSA checkpoint. The terminal expansion will also include a modern business center for conferences, a children’s play zone and additional retail space. The project will also improve the facility’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. The funding for the projects came from the Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization Competition administered by the state Department of Transportation. Albany International is also expected to receive $28.7 million in federal funding included in the infrastructure bill, which will be used along with the state monies to fund the terminal expansion. Read the full story in the Times Union.