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Funding Comes From The Newest Round Of the Highly Competitive Airport Terminal Grant Program 

Schumer, Gillibrand: Bipartisan Infrastructure & Jobs Law Is Helping Upstate Airports From Buffalo To Albany Reach New Heights

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has just awarded Albany, Buffalo, Syracuse and Binghamton’s airports a total of nearly $25 million in competitive federal funding. The funding comes from the Airport Terminal Program, created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Law.

“From Buffalo to Albany to Binghamton to Syracuse, the Bipartisan Infrastructure & Jobs Law is giving our Upstate airports the lift they need fly higher than ever before. This major nearly $25 million federal investment will help these much needed renovations for modern airport terminals takeoff,” said Senator Schumer. “As majority leader, I am proud to have led the Bipartisan Infrastructure & Jobs Law to passage and to land this significant boost in funding for Upstate airports to give our travelers the modern facilities they need to help the economies from Western NY, the Southern Tier, CNY, and the Capital Region soar.”

“New York’s airports welcome millions of travelers each year and play a critical role in facilitating tourism, spurring local economic growth, and creating good-paying jobs across our state,” said Senator Gillibrand. “I fought to pass the Bipartisan Infrastructure & Jobs Law to provide funding like this to airports from Albany to Buffalo and I’ll keep working to make sure that every airport has the resources it needs to modernize its facilities and enhance safety.”

A full list of funding recipients is below:

Airport Name

Project Description


Albany International Airport

This project rehabilitates the sponsor owned Airport Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) including existing mechanical, electrical, and HVAC building systems that have reached their useful life. The project will improve energy efficiency and bring the systems up to current standards


Buffalo Niagara International Airport

This project funds a portion of the rehabilitation of the aging terminal HVAC system. The renovations will enhance air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


Syracuse Regional Airport Authority

The Airport has started a sustainability initiative to increase energy efficiency and cut emissions of the terminal building. This project replaces the terminal HVAC system, windows, and siding with more energy efficient materials.


Greater Binghamton Airport

This project involves a renovation of the passenger terminal and the associated vehicle approach. The project funds a portion of the improvements to reconstruct the passenger hold room, replaces the aging HVAC equipment with reliable, energy efficient units, installs two passenger-boarding bridges and expands the exterior canopy.



Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh said, “Keeping Syracuse Hancock International Airport performing at its best requires continued investment in terminal facilities. Replacing the HVAC system, siding and windows with more energy efficient materials and systems is good for travelers and employees, as well as for sustainability and resiliency. I thank the Syracuse Regional Airport Authority and Senators Schumer and Gillibrand for their work in securing these resources and ensuring Hancock stays a world class operation.”

“We are extremely grateful for Senator Schumer’s tremendous, ongoing support of the Buffalo Airport,” said Kimberley Minkel, NFTA Executive Director. “From securing new non-stop service to terminal upgrades such as this that will improve the comfort and safety of all those who fly through BUF, Senator Schumer’s advocacy demonstrates that he understands the importance of the Buffalo Airport to the upstate economy and the needs of Western New Yorkers.”

Broome County Executive Jason Garnar said, “This grant award will help us transform our airport to create a modern flying experience travelers have come to expect. Thank you to Senator Schumer, who helped architect the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act, for his work to secure this funding and his ongoing support of Broome County. This is part of a number of exciting things happening at BGM that will enable us attract more air service and customers."

Schumer and Gillibrand explained that the Bipartisan Infrastructure & Jobs Law provided $5 billion in competitive grants for airport terminal development projects that address the aging infrastructure of the nation’s airports, and this represents the latest round of the funding. Last year, the Frederick Douglass - Greater Rochester International Airport received over $5 million in funding through the program to replace 5 of the existing 30 year old airport owned boarding bridges with new state of the art efficient bridges. The new competitive funding addresses the long overdue terminal needs to expand capacity, provide better accessibility, and increase sustainability. In total, New York’s airports are expected to receive over $937 million in federal funding because of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.