Parking/Landside Redevelopment Plans at SYR

An aerial view of parking at SYR from 2020.

Background

Passenger traffic at Syracuse Hancock International Airport reached record-breaking levels in 2019, and parking demand followed suit. As traffic rebounds to near pre-pandemic levels, parking demand has once again surged. To meet this demand, the Syracuse Regional Airport Authority (SRAA) – operator of SYR – has engaged the services of Landrum & Brown to plan how the landside portion of the airport needs to develop to meet the needs of the traveling public.

SRAA Board-Approved Landside Concept

In April 2022, the SRAA board approved a future landside concept that will be used to help guide development of the final design. It is anticipated that this landside improvement project will result in an estimated 44% increase in parking capacity, equating to almost 2,000 additional parking spaces. Most of this parking will be located in the new parking garages, providing all-weather protection and shorter walking distances to the terminal for customers. The landside project will also include a doubling of curb front capacity to eliminate existing bottlenecks and provide space for growth. New circulation roadways and a proper canopy will further enhance the customer experience. A new consolidated rental car facility and ground transportation center will also be constructed on the existing overflow parking lot, which will substantially improve the experience for rental car and transit users.

Construction is expected to begin in 2023 on this multi-year redevelopment plan. The SRAA expects this to be a long term solution to accommodate the unprecedented growth the airport is experiencing while improving the passenger experience.

Rough Timeline and Updates

As of late 2022, the project has moved into the Design phase. The airport authority intends to seek multiple funding sources to bring this massive landside overhaul to fruition. The SRAA appreciates the public’s patience and understanding in the coming years as the project gets underway. “Projects of this scale take time, patience, and plenty of communication with all our stakeholders,” said SRAA Executive Director Jason Terreri. “The SRAA is committed to enhancing our travelers’ experience the moment they arrive on our airport property. This project will increase parking capacity, vastly improve the landside experience in all weather conditions, and increase the efficiency travelers experience when arriving to and departing from our airport via ground transportation.”

September 2022 Update

Maintenance work on the fourth level of the parking garage is expected to be completed by mid October, reopening those several hundred spots to the traveling public. Airport leadership has attempted to schedule repairs such as these during periods of time that will cause the least amount of disruption, while understanding that disruption cannot be completely eliminated – only minimized. With business travel rebounding faster than expected, many COVID-19 era airline vouchers expiring by the end of the year, and our hardworking SYR Air Service Development team attracting new airlines and longer seasonal service, parking demand has been uncharacteristically high for this stretch of early fall. Travelers are encouraged to continue monitoring the airport’s Facebook and Twitter feeds for timely parking updates during high demand periods.

By early November 2022, three additional surface parking lots are expected to be constructed, adding nearly 900 additional parking spaces. These lots were both planned and designed earlier this year, positioning the airport to accommodate the anticipated uptick in holiday travelers.