ITHACA, N.Y. — Small airports across Upstate New York are struggling with outdated infrastructure.
It’s the reason the state is pumping significant funding into the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport, but with the announcement that American Airlines will no longer fly out of Elmira, another nearby airport is hoping to see a similar investment. “Ithaca’s a destination. A lot of people want to come here. Secondly most of our travel is business travel,” said Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport manager Mike Hall. Hall says that’s why all three major airlines continue to operate out of the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport. They’ve been seeing an increase in passengers, and leaders are hoping to make upgrades, starting with security. “Our high-tech baggage scanner is actually located on the front side of the counter, rather than back behind the wall, because the terminal that was constructed pre-9/11 doesn’t have enough room to put the scanner behind the wall where it would normally be,” Hall said.