SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner announced Friday the Syracuse Hancock International Airport has received a $2.8 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration for environmental improvements as part of the Voluntary Airport Low Emission (VALE) Program.  

“I am pleased to announce this latest round of Federal Aviation Administration funding for the Syracuse Hancock International Airport,” said Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner. “Working with our federal partners, we are increasing local and national investment in our airport. This shows our collective commitment to ensuring we have a world class airport serving the business community and leisure travelers of Upstate New York.”

 Under the VALE Program, which was created in 2004 to help airports meet their state-related air quality responsibilities under the Clean Air Act and was designed to reduce all sources of airport ground emissions, the City of Syracuse will install gate electrification and preconditioned air units at 15 aircraft/passenger boarding gates at the Syracuse Hancock International Airport.  The project will replace aging, fuel-powered units at 11 gates, and install new units at 4 additional gates.  The new pre-conditioned air units will run on electricity, reducing emissions and the airport’s carbon footprint.

This grant comes on the heels of markedly successful period for the Syracuse Hancock International Airport. Most recently, Mayor Miner announced Allegiant Air would begin twice weekly service between the Syracuse Airport and St. Petersburg, Florida. The airport also opened a $60 million expansion creating a streamlined security line and new concession opportunities. Additionally, the airport was recently selected as a new site for the TSA Pre-Check program, allowing pre-registered frequent travelers to use an express security line. Mayor Miner and other local leaders also successfully fought to save the air traffic control midnight shift from cuts as part of the federal budget sequester.