21st Century Modernization of the Greater Rochester International Airport

New York State has recently announced the Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization Solicitation.  This initiative makes $200 Million for airport improvements statewide.  It is intended to generate proposals that promote, revitalize and accelerate investments in Upstate commercial passenger and cargo service airports - helping to create airports for the 21st Century.

ROC is aggressively pursuing the maximum project award- $40 million and has worked alongside our industry experts/partners on a transformational, modernized design to create a better passenger experience for all travelers.

Designed in the late 1980s, the terminal building is outdated and does not meet passenger expectations in the modern era—including transactions with airlines, concessions, and security protocols.  To move the Airport forward—and maintain our viability in today’s competitive aviation marketplace, increase the security and safety of our passengers, and sustain and increase our economic impact locally and regionally—will require continued facility development.

The Airport’s facilities are nearly 30 years old and our grant application projects support the transformation of the facilities into a State-of‐the‐Art 21st Century Airport, with the security and safety of our passengers and supporting the aviation industry as the fundamental prism through which we view all of our proposed enhancements. 

To do this, we are focusing on four key areas:

1.  Improving the first-­‐impression approach and access to the Airport;

2.  Creating a sheltering canopy over the passenger entrance area between the garage and the terminal building for departure and arrival;

3.  Undertaking a wide-­‐scale rehabilitation of the terminal building that will create a “smart” wired high-­‐tech building as well as reconfigure infrastructure to streamline and modernize the terminal space and flow; and 

4.  Initiating a feasibility study for the creation of a flexible, multi-­‐purpose technology incubator to allow innovations for airport technology, particularly for “smart” building management and communicating with persons with disabilities, a constituency that ROC uniquely serves, as Rochester is home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID).

Our proposed projects have garnered extensive community support including more than 70 letters of support representing all categories of stakeholders, including: government agencies, local and regional businesses, educational institutions, economic development councils, state legislators and senators, and all five airlines that service the Airport.

Thank you for your support.  The ROC Airport is dedicated to creating a positive passenger experience for business and leisure travelers alike while providing the best “first impression” for tourists to the Finger Lakes region.

Additional Documents:

ROC Airport Flyer

Media Coverage:

Democrat & Chronicle

News 8 at Sunrise - Rochester First

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