Your Gateway to the World!
Whether you are a Rochestarian or a visitor, the Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC) provides the utmost in air travel services to accommodate your individual needs.
ROC features a modern two-story terminal, enclosed parking garage and a two-level roadway with separate avenues for arrivals and departures. It is a small hub airport which handles approximately 120 flights per day to over 17 cities, serves approximately 2.4 million passengers annually, and houses the operations of 6 commercial air transportation providers and their affiliates.
ROC provides vital air transportation services to cities in the northeast and to major hubs in the Midwest. In addition, it serves as an important economic component of the air transportation network connecting Western New York to other parts of the nation and the world. The airport is located four miles southwest of the City of Rochester and 12 miles south of Lake Ontario, the smallest of the Great Lakes.
The first development of the Greater Rochester International Airport was the construction of hangar No. 1 in 1927. The hangar was built on a plot of ground south of the city on Scottsville Road. The airport was then named Britton Field. It was in 1927 that the first Rochester to New York City passenger flight was made.
In 1928 the name of the aviation field was changed from Britton Field to Rochester Municipal Airport. From 1928 on, additional work was done on the runways, drainage and Hangar No. 2 was erected.
From 1940 thru the war years the airport was the scene of great activity. Scheduled flights increased, civilian pilot training expanded. There was also a cadet flight school which at one time numbered 1,000 students.
The Greater Rochester International Airport was taken over by the County of Monroe on the 1st of January, 1948. Monroe County began making major improvements to the airport. These improvements included the construction of a new 5,000 foot long instrument runway, lengthening of the north-south runway from 2,670 feet to 5,000 feet, and construction of the administration building on Brooks Avenue.
Renovation and expansion remained the main issue for ROC through the 1960’s, at one point local officials considered construction of a joint airport with nearby Buffalo and as a result expansion plans were put on hold until the late 1970’s. In 1978 deregulation resulted in the number of airlines serving ROC to skyrocket. Renovation expanded both concourses in 1978 adding individual departure lounges and eight jetway bridges providing passengers with covered boarding for the first time ever.
By the early 1980’s conditions at the ROC terminal were beginning show signs that the facility needed yet again another upgrade to accommodate its continued growth. Stationary baggage shelves were replaced with baggage claim carousels and it became increasingly clear that a more modern terminal was needed. The site of ROC was the best location offering access to local roads. Officials spent much of the 1980’s designing the new facility. The plan called for two new concourses, a much larger main terminal building, two floors for baggage on the ground and ticketing on the second story as well as a hotel and parking garage. After the final design was selected work was underway on the new terminal in 1988. The facility was built in pieces to allow the old terminal to remain in operation during construction. The new terminal was officially completed in 1991 and to date no trace of the old terminal remains- except for the historic, refurbished air traffic control tower still on display in the current Airport’s food court.
Following the events of 9/11 the Airport began to explore options of a Centralized Security Checkpoint at ROC to relieve the long lines many passengers began experiencing with heightened security regulations. In February of 2005 the terminal went through yet another renovation to better accommodate record passenger growth. ROC opened a six lane Central Security Checkpoint, a brand new 3,500 square foot Public Viewing, increased vertical circulation through more prominently located escalators and elevators and improved restrooms and flight information screens. Phase two of this construction project started in 2006 and included improvements to the concourses and additional retail concession renovations.
1200 Brooks Avenue,
Rochester, New York 14624.
- Located four miles southwest of Rochester
- Hours of Operation: 24 Hours
- Elevation: 559' msl
- Size: 1,200 Acres
- Air Traffic Control Facilities: ILS, VOR, VOL/DME, NDB, ASR
- Traffic Pattern Altitude: 1400 msl
Primary Use Runway
- 4/22 8,001' long by 150' wide
- Equipped with ILS and high intensity approach lighting system
Secondary Use Runway
- 10/28 6,401' long by 150' wide
- Used for crosswinds operations
General Aviation Runway
- 7/25 4,000' long by 140' wide
- Used for non-jet aircraft
- Square Footage: 380,000 sq. ft.
- Number of Passenger Gates: 22
Fixed Base Operators
- USAirports Flight Support LLC
1295 Scottsville Road,
Rochester, New York 14624
- JetSmart Aviation
1205 Scottsville Road
Rochester, New York 14624
United States Customs
- West Terminal, Lower Level International Arrivals Hall
- Operates 24 hours a day
2015 Operational Statistics
- Total Aircraft Operations: 86,543
- Scheduled Passenger Enplanements: 1,189,502