Center Terminal to Close at Syracuse International Airport: Part of a landmark $45 million renovation and upgrade to the passenger terminal building


Syracuse, New York –Beginning Sunday, February 11, 2018, the center terminal at Syracuse International Airport will close as part of the Terminal Improvement Project.

The center of the terminal will be closed off to passengers for the remainder of the project to accommodate major improvements to the entire front lobby. Passengers will need to enter the terminal through the far north and south entrances. Once inside, depending on whether there is a need to check baggage or obtain a boarding pass, they will be directed to either the first level or the second level pre-security corridor to proceed to the security checkpoint.

As a part of the center closure, many tenants have relocated during construction.

Below is a list of temporary locations:

  • Barber Shop is now located on the second level of Terminal A
  • SaySiBon has two new pop-up locations located on the first level of both terminals
  • Rental Car Counters are now located on the first level of Terminal B
  • TSA Pre-✓® Enrollment Center is now located on the second level, near the security checkpoint
  • Uniformed Security is now located on the second level of Terminal B

A landmark $45 million renovation and upgrade to the passenger terminal building is underway at SYR!

Terminal exterior (“click” to enlarge photo)

Major improvements include a streamlined layout and new interior and exterior materials and furnishings to give passengers a more modern, functional, and welcoming space. Built in the 1960s, SYR’s terminal still features many of the original materials and layouts from more than 50 years ago. Significant enhancements will deliver an improved passenger experience, simplifying movement in and around the airport. Working on an accelerated timeline, this multi-phase, large-scale project will be completed in October 2018—with passenger access and airline operations maintained without interruption.

Through the Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization competition initiated by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Syracuse Hancock secured $35.8 million that will significantly contribute to the project’s success. Additional funding was received from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Front of Terminal (“click” to enlarge photo)

The first improvement that the traveling public will see is a new exterior façade and canopy that boldly brand the airport and bring natural daylight into the entire front of the terminal interior and exterior drop off area. Clad in perforated weathering steel panels, the front entry also includes large,  energy-efficient windows.

Inside, the entire front lobby will be updated with new modern finishes, including walls covered in stone quarried from Central New York. In the main terminal lobby, free-standing kiosks for rental car, ground transportation, taxi, and general information will make

amenities easily accessible. New, larger flight information display units will help passengers find flight information. The original mid-century modern sawtooth ceilings are accented by new, bold sculptural art lighting that emphasizes this signature feature that can be seen from both inside and outside. Green roofs covering the entry vestibules into the lobby and energy-efficient lighting throughout the building further the airport’s commitment to sustainability.

Terminal Interior (click to enlarge photo)

A new Regional Aviation History Museum on the first floor will feature local aviation milestones and important contributions and will display some of the existing large aviation equipment currently in the terminal central lobby.