Today, Congressman Dan Maffei joined with Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and members of the business community to announce Hancock International Airport has been awarded $500,000 in order to bring a low cost carrier to the area. Syracuse Hancock International Airport partnered with CenterStateCEO and submitted an application for the USDOT 2010 Small Community Air Service Development Program.
Congressman Maffei said: "I am proud to have worked diligently with the Mayor and CenterState CEO to secure this grant for Hancock Airport. When Transportation Secretary LaHood came to town a few months ago, we brought him to the airport to make the pitch that Syracuse needs a low cost carrier. It is great news for the Syracuse area and business community that a Sec. LaHood heard us out, and now we've secured the funds to provide incentives for a low cost carrier to come to this under-served market."
"This grant will be used to further the City's air service development efforts, by providing incentives to low cost carriers that initiate service at Hancock Airport," said Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner. "Our incentive program will provide carriers with credits towards airport fees, marketing and advertising and start up costs. This grant gives our community an advantage it needs in a highly competitive industry."
"The region's business community stands to benefit from this critical infusion of dollars to help attract new carriers, new routes, and lower costs," said Terry Brown, chairman and president of O'Brien and Gere and chairman of the CenterState CEO Air Service Committee. "Thanks to Congressman Maffei's efforts, these new resources will further the ongoing efforts of the Air Service Committee, which is actively working with carriers to meet these goals."
"Comprehensive air service is a critical component of our region's transportation infrastructure, and plays a direct role in our economic development efforts," said Tom Blanchard, senior vice president and chief economic development officer of CenterState CEO. "Congressman Maffei's efforts to secure lower, more competitive fares for the Syracuse market will help ensure Hancock Airport meets the needs of both business and recreational travelers throughout CenterState New York."
These federal dollars will allow Hancock International to compete aggressively for another carrier which will mean more business for the airport, more commerce in our area and reasonable prices for travelers," Senator Schumer said. "Increasing air service at Hancock is a boost to the Central New York business community which can lead to more job creation in the future"