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Terminal Revitalization

A view from above...check out the progress being made on the new terminal #FlyELM


BIG FLATS- Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of the $61.5 million project to transform Elmira Corning Regional Airport into a 21st Century gateway that will ease travel and promote economic opportunities for the entire Southern Tier. The redesigned airport features a larger terminal with approximately 60 percent more floor space, 300 additional parking spaces, new food and beverage options and an additional jet bridge that will eliminate the need for travelers to walk across the tarmac to reach their planes. The project continues Governor Cuomo's "Southern Tier Soaring" initiative, a comprehensive effort to promote growth and community development throughout the entire region.

"Airports are the front door to our regions and the new Elmira Corning Regional Airport will spur economic growth and offer a state-of-the-art facility that appropriately welcomes visitors and residents alike," Governor Cuomo said."There's no second opportunity to make a first impression, and this revitalized airport will show visitors what the Southern Tier is all about as they explore all the tourism and recreational opportunities the region has to offer."

"This significant investment to modernize the Elmira Corning Regional Airport will increase terminal space and enhance the overall travel experience," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who attended today's opening. "The airport was small and outdated, but with these improvements it will offer green space and food and beverage options for passengers. The transformation of the airport continues our economic development efforts in the Southern Tier to boost the economy and attract more visitors to the area."

With the modernization complete, the terminal's floor size has increased from 55,000 square feet to 88,000 square feet. A Taste NY grab-and-go kiosk promotes New York's food and beverage producers and provide travelers the opportunity to purchase locally-made snacks, coffee, tea and dairy products in addition to gift items like maple, honey and concord grape products. A brand-new Taste NY Bar, which will open in December, will serve a rotating selection of New York State craft beverages.

The airport now also features a new baggage claim belt to handle increased volume, as well as strengthened security measures, including state-of-the-art cameras, to better monitor passenger areas.

Three new courtyards, built with sustainable building and renewable energy technologies, showcase the local landscape. A post-security courtyard can be accessed while travelers wait to board, while another can be accessed through the pre-security restaurant, with a third viewable while picking up baggage and while en route to TSA lanes. Energy efficient lighting and programmable glass to display flight information and provide direction to travelers have also been installed.

New York State Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Paul A. Karas said, "Governor Cuomo has made modernizing Upstate New York's airports a priority and this investment in the Elmira Corning Regional Airport will boost the economic fortunes of the region and keep the Southern Tier Soaring for years to come."

Of the project's $61.5 million total cost, New York State provided $40 million, the federal government provided $15 million and an additional $6.5 million came from local sources.

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, "I'm proud of the marketing opportunities that the Taste NY program provides our New York farms and food and beverage businesses.  Since the Governor created the program five years ago, Taste NY has grown to include more producers and has significantly increased the number of locations where consumers can find delicious and unique New York products.  By including Taste NY in each of the State's newly reconstructed airports, we're helping to boost the exposure of our local producers and expand their reach to new markets." 

Senator Thomas O'Mara said, "The Elmira Corning Regional Airport is a cornerstone of our regional aviation industry and has an enormously positive impact across the local economy and local communities. The new Elmira Corning Regional Airport will create jobs, make the Southern Tier more competitive, and deliver economic growth and other critical opportunities to communities across the region. This major renovation of our local aviation infrastructure will lead to many vital short- and long-term benefits for the Southern Tier."

Chemung County Executive Thomas Santulli said, "I would like to thank Governor Cuomo for the State's investment in our world class airport terminal. This facility will be the gateway to our region and will significantly enhance our business climate and our tourism infrastructure. The community's response has been overwhelming positive about what a functional and beautiful facility we have in the Southern Tier."

Built in 1960, the original airport was cramped and outdated, and lacked basic passenger amenities, including the ability for passengers to purchase food or beverages after passing through security. The airport's two jet bridges were also too low to accommodate larger aircraft, forcing passengers to walk onto the tarmac to board their flights.

Building off the success of Governor Cuomo's upstate airport initiative project, Chemung County opted to rehabilitate the airport's tower in order to provide a complete, modern look to the entire facility. The project, schedule to be complete at the end of the month, was funded by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The Elmira Corning Regional Airport averages eight arrivals and eight departures daily. Delta, Allegiant and United are among the carriers that operate flights from the airport. The airport had 126,427 enplanements during 2017 and is on pace to exceed 140,000 in 2018.


8/1/18: New Terminal Opening at Elmira Corning Regional Airport 

BIG FLATS – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Elmira Corning Regional Airport Aviation Director Bill Hopper are pleased to announce operations at the Elmira Corning Regional Airport will transition into using the new terminal starting August 1. While construction in the new terminal is not yet complete, it is necessary to move operations to begin construction on the existing facility. 

It is important to note, opening the new portion is operationally necessary to close the existing ticketing area and stay on the aggressive construction schedule. Therefore, passengers will not be experiencing the finished product, but rather will be getting a preview of things to come.  The exterior courtyards will be under construction and not yet available to the public, only the first of the three jet bridges will be installed and operating and the airline ticket counters will be temporarily located in the baggage area while the permanent location is under construction. Food will only be available by vending machines until the new restaurant is built.

“I believe the public will be extremely impressed with the terminal construction that has taken place in the last 12 months. This major renovation and terminal expansion project, though not complete, has only been possible because of the hard work and great cooperation between government, airport staff and architectural and construction firms involved,” says Chemung County Executive, Tom Santulli.

The opening of the new terminal completes the next major milestone of the overall Elmira Corning Regional Airport Terminal Revitalization project. The new terminal will feature an additional 34,000 square feet, four new airline gates, and six aircraft parking spots. Virtually every exterior wall is predominantly made of glass, offering views of the beautiful Twin Tiers landscape to visitors in the facility.

“It is exciting to give the public a sneak peek into the new era of air travel in the Twin Tiers and Finger Lakes regions. Passengers using the terminal will get a sense of the vision for the new facility when it opens October 31. We are going to provide a spectacular first impression to people visiting our area,” says Bill Hopper, Director of Aviation.

Flights landing at ELM the evening of July 31 will carry the first arriving passengers to use the new facility. The next morning at 6:00 AM, the first full day of activity will begin with departures on Delta Airlines to its Detroit hub and on United Airlines to its Newark hub. The rest of the day will be bustling with activity with additional flights on Delta, United and Allegiant Airlines. Passengers may want to allow a little extra time for departing flights as the airlines, TSA and airport staff will be using the facility for the first time, and there may be a learning curve. 

8/10/2017: Construction Begins On ELM Airport Terminal Project

BIG FLATS - The Elmira Corning Regional Airport (ELM) is excited to announce the start of the major Terminal Revitalization project. Construction on the $58M renovation project began this past week.The new design will transform the user experience, using open-air landscaped courtyards and extensive glass walls that create a sense of walking through the woods. The expanded terminal will also offer additional amenities and a more efficient flow for travelers. 

The airport and terminal will be fully operational during construction with reconfiguration of the floor plan that will be noticeable to those familiar with ELM. The first major area of the terminal construction will be open by July 2018 and the entire terminal building will open by October 2018. During this time, please plan to arrive an additional 20 minutes earlier than normal.

During Construction, the short-term parking will have approximately half the available spots it currently has. During this period, we ask that there be no overnight parking in the short-term parking lot. Unfortunately, during this period, we will not be able to offer the short-term parking lot privileges that Pass Plus Members enjoy. Once the short-term lot is brought back to its present configuration, we will be happy to reinstate this Pass Plus Membership privilege. 

Baggage Claim Rendering

ECRA floorplan rendering

PLEASE NOTE: Effective mid-August  2017, until the end of the construction scheduled for October 2018, the short term parking will have approximately half the available spots that it has presently. During this period, it is important that there be no overnight parking in the short term parking lot. Unfortunately during this period, we will not be able to offer the short term parking lot privileges that ELM PASSplus Members enjoy. Once the short term lot is brought back to its present configuration, we will be happy to reinstate this Pass Plus Membership privilege.