Syracuse Hancock Airport

John Smith / WAER News

Better parking, flights to more cities, and a facelift for the front of Hancock International Airport highlight the transportation hub's future goals.  The Syracuse Regional Airport Authority issued its annual report Friday.  

  Executive Director Christina Callahan looked back on improved concessions, featuring local beers and food products, and improving the parking garage.  Travelers will also be able to sign up for TSA pre-check starting in October.  Now Callahan is ready to make a few other visible upgrades.

Chris Bolt/WAER News

  Those traveling out of Hancock International Airport this holiday season should expect some changes in airport security. The airport has put in new devices where people undergo full body scans instead of just walking through a metal detector. It's called Advanced Imaging Technology...or AIT.  

Vice President Joe Biden Speaks at Syracuse Rally for Dan Maffei

Oct 20, 2014
joe biden speaks at a podium in a large, dark room with Congressman Maffei behind him
Chris Bolt / WAER News

Vice President Joe Biden says the country has made a remarkable recovery so far, but the middle class is still struggling. He spoke today at a rally for Dan Maffei at Hancock International Airport, and said he believes some basic American middle class rights are gone as a result of poor political choices made by congress.

Scott Willis / WAER News

It's finally official.  Nearly 6 years of work culminated Monday in the transfer of day-to-day operations of Syracuse's Hancock Airport from the City of Syracuse to the Syracuse Regional Airport Authority.  

Hancock was the last major airport in the state to make the switch.  Mayor Stephanie Miner says it will allow the airport to realize its full potential.  

Lisa Farbstein / TSA

A Madison County man made things a little more complicated for security officials at Syracuse's Hancock Airport Wednesday morning by trying to board a plane with a loaded handgun.  A Transportation Security Officer stopped the man after noticing the semi-automatic weapon in his carry on bag as it passed through the X-ray machine.  TSA contacted Syracuse Police, who confiscated the weapon.  Officials say there was no impact on airport operations during the busiest travel day of the year.

Frequent fliers traveling through Syracuse’s Hancock Airport might find their time spent dealing with security drastically reduced.