Syracuse Hancock International Airport
The Syracuse Hancock International Airport is a large, world-class airport located about five miles from the city of Syracuse. Syracuse Hancock is the second largest airport in New York State. The airport was established in 1927 when Syracuse Mayor Charles Hanna realized that the city was growing at a steady rate. In its early years, the airport was used primarily for air shows, which featured Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, Wiley Post, and Kate Smith. At the onset of WWII, the airport was used as a military training center. In 1962, a new terminal was opened, and by 1970, over 2 million people were coming through Syracuse International every year.
The airport has three runways, but only two are in use. Runway 10-28 is 9,003 feet long and 150 feet wide. Runway 15-33 is 7,500 feet long and 150 feet wide. Both runways are paved with asphalt. Syracuse Hancock has two terminals: North Terminal B and South Terminal A. Terminal A has gates 1-15 and Terminal B has gates 20-26. The airport underwent a major expansion in 2004, which focused on expanding the baggage claims area, and improve customer screening. The overhaul cost an estimated $63 million.
The airport has a number of amenities, which ensures passenger comfort before and after the flight. The visitors Center has maps, brochures, and information about the airport and the city. The Military Courtesy Room is a place for active duty military to relax and unwind while awaiting their flights. The center is named for local Marine Cpl. Gregory J. Harris, who was captured in Vietnam in 1966 and considered MIA. Other amenities include a conference room with 125-person capacity. The room has WiFi access and audio-visual capabilities. Syracuse Hancock has an airport exhibit that was opened in 1996. The exhibit displays aircraft equipment such as landing gear, a full cockpit, baggage tull, and jet bridge. The airport is wheelchair accessible and provides services for handicapped passengers. It is the recommendation of airport personnel that people who have disabilities notify the airport in advance if they have any special needs or requests.
Parking at the Airport
Improvements at the Syracuse Hancock include better parking options. The airport has a parking garage and an open lot with nearly 4,000 combined spaces. With Pay & Go Parking, passengers can bypass lines, and use a kiosk for faster service. Short and long term parking options offer more flexibility depending on the length of parking time. Syracuse Hancock has its own taxi and shuttle service. Customers can be picked up at their cars and dropped off. All areas are monitored with 24-hour security cameras. Taxis are located curbside near the baggage claim area and available from 5:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. Shuttles provide roundtrip transportation to and from the airport and hotel. For customers who opt to rent out cars, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, and Thrifty are available 24-7. Reservations from rental cars can be made in advance or when you arrive at the airport. Rental car companies are located on the lobby’s first floor.