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Syracuse Hancock International Airport
IATA: SYR – ICAO: KSYR

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Location of the Syracuse Hancock International Airport
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator City of Syracuse Department of Aviation
Serves Syracuse, New York
Location DeWitt / Salina / Cicero, Onondaga County, New York
Elevation AMSL 421 ft / 128 m
Coordinates 43°06′40″N 076°06′23″W / 43.11111°N 76.10639°W / 43.11111; -76.10639 (Syracuse Hancock International Airport)Coordinates: 43°06′40″N 076°06′23″W / 43.11111°N 76.10639°W / 43.11111; -76.10639 (Syracuse Hancock International Airport)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
10/28 9,003 2,744 Asphalt
15/33 7,500 2,286 Asphalt
Statistics (Ending 12/31/2007)
Operations 107,706
Based aircraft 98
Source: Federal Aviation Administration

Syracuse Hancock International Airport (IATA: SYR, ICAO: KSYR) is a joint civil-military public airport located 4 NM (7.4 km; 4.6 mi) northeast of Syracuse, in Onondaga County, New York, off of Interstate 81 near Mattydale, New York. The main terminal complex is located at the eastern end of Colonel Eileen Collins Boulevard.

History

In 1927 Syracuse mayor Charles Hanna felt that his city needed an airport. A location at Amboy in the town of Camillus, New York was purchased for $50,000, and by 1928, the "Syracuse City Airport at Amboy" was handling airmail. At the end of World War II the United States Army Air Corps leased their bomber base near Mattydale, New York to the city. On September 17, 1949, the Clarence E. Hancock Airport opened to the public using a renovated machine shop as a terminal, and replaced the airport at Amboy. American, Buffalo, Colonial and Robinson Airlines were the first airlines to operate at the airport, and American Airlines still does to this day.

In 1962 a new terminal opened, at the site of the present-day terminals. The location allowed the airport to be directly connected to Interstate 81, which was built shortly afterwards. In 1970 the airport was awarded international airport status by the International Civil Aviation Organization, and thus renamed Syracuse Hancock International Airport.

When the United States deregulated the airline industry in 1978, Syracuse was predominantly served by two "trunk carriers" (American Airlines and Eastern Air Lines) and one "local service carrier" (Allegheny Airlines, which renamed itself USAir in 1979). American and Eastern used the airport's south concourse, and Allegheny used the north concourse. Shortly after deregulation American began cutting back on regional point-to-point flights at medium-sized airports in the Northeast such as Syracuse, as Chairman Robert Crandall built up the airline's hub at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Other airlines entered or grew service at Syracuse to meet demand as the industry grew following deregulation.

Airlines that served Syracuse after deregulation include (but are not limited to):

  • North Central Airlines, a Minnesota-based local service carrier which made Syracuse its only Upstate New York station, a stop on a route between Detroit and Boston. North Central quickly merged with Atlanta-based Southern Airways and San Francisco-based Hughes Airwest to form Republic Airlines (1979-1986). Republic was bought by Northwest Airlines in 1987. Northwest was bought by Delta Air Lines in 2008 and was merged into Delta in 2010. Republic entered other Upstate NY airports in 1984 with service to its Detroit hub.
  • TWA (Trans World Airlines) began service from Syracuse to a short-lived hub in Pittsburgh, PA, in 1979. After the Pittsburgh experiment ended, TWA shifted Syracuse's service to its hub at Lambert St. Louis International Airport. Syracuse was the only Upstate NY airport to hang onto service initiated by TWA. They stayed at Syracuse until about 1990.
  • Empire Airlines (1976-1985), whose history at Syracuse is detailed below.
  • Syracuse was an early station for Peoplexpress Airlines, a low-fare carrier founded in 1981 with a hub at Newark International Airport and which quickly grew into a major carrier. Due to some bad business decisions, People became unviable and was bought in 1986 by Continental Airlines whose Continental Connection and Continental Express units serve Syracuse today.
  • United Airlines, which had long served Buffalo and Rochester, but which only entered Syracuse and Albany after deregulation, in 1982. United and its affiliates serve Syracuse today.

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s the airport went through several expansions to meet increasing demand. Empire Airlines, which was founded in 1976, made Syracuse a hub, and over two million passengers a year were using the airport. Piedmont Airlines absorbed Empire in 1986 and kept the Syracuse hub. The mid-to-late 1980s were the best years in Hancock history, with a record 3.17 million passengers using the airport in 1987, second in Upstate New York only to Buffalo, and its 253 daily flights even made it the top Upstate New York airport in terms of flights. Hub-carrier Piedmont operated most of the gates in Terminal A, operating 58 jet flights and 12 commuter flights a day in 1987. Terminal A was expanded that year, adding more gates, a Piedmont Presidential Club (a US Airways Club until 2004), and a larger customs area.

With USAir's purchase of Piedmont in 1989, things started going sour for Hancock International. USAir closed the Syracuse hub, and Syracuse therefore lost its advantage over other upstate airports. A final terminal expansion was completed in 1996, along with an overall overhaul and renovation, which created two separate terminal areas with individual, checkin, security, and baggage claim. USAir still maintained a large presence at the airport but reduced flights throughout the 1990s. After the September 11, 2001 attacks, the now-renamed US Airways cut even more flights and did not renew its leases for many of its gates in Terminal A, upon which the airport essentially "boarded them up." US Airways is still the number one carrier at Hancock in terms of both departures and destinations served.


A United Airlines Boeing 737 at Hancock International Airport in 1993
A United Airlines Boeing 737 at Hancock International Airport in 1993

However, a new era began on May 7, 2001 when JetBlue inaugurated low-cost service to Hancock. Mainly using the first gate of Terminal A, Gate 15, most of this terminal still remains asleep. In 2007, JetBlue also expanded its operation to include usage of gates 3 and 11. More discount carriers followed suit and began servicing Syracuse. Charter airline TransMeridian Airlines began its first scheduled routes ever when it started flying six weekly flights to Orlando Sanford International Airport in 2003. It flew the route until its bankruptcy in 2005. JetBlue began flying non-stop to Orlando International Airport daily in July 2006. Independence Air began flying eight daily roundtrips to Washington Dulles International Airport in 2004, but Independence Air's parent company filed for bankruptcy protection in November 2005 and flew its last flight in January 2006. US Airways announced on May 10, 2004 that it would increase service to Hancock, lower fares, and add seats by converting flights from turboprop to regional jet.

In 2004, Syracuse Mayor Matthew Driscoll created a Fly Syracuse television and internet campaign in an attempt to lower fares and increase passenger traffic at the airport. The airport has since experienced a period of growth thanks to the efforts of local politicians and business contributions toward the campaign.

If the ambitious plans of mall developer The Pyramid Companies to build Destiny USA, a multi-billion dollar tourism attraction which could attract millions of new visitors by air, ever become reality, then Hancock would have to be expanded again. Its current capacity is estimated at about 3.35 million passengers a year. There has even been talk of a monorail to Hancock from Syracuse University via downtown and DestiNY USA (estimated cost $750 million).

There are also plans to lengthen runway 10/28 and to build a parallel runway on the north side of the airport. It would become runway 10L/28R. (The existing runway 10/28 would become 10R/28L).

Operations


An American Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-80 being deiced at Terminal B. In the background is a Northwest Airlines DC-9 parked at Terminal A.
An American Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-80 being deiced at Terminal B. In the background is a Northwest Airlines DC-9 parked at Terminal A.

FAA diagram of Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR)
FAA diagram of Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR)

The Syracuse region receives an average 114 inches (289.56 cm) of snow annually. The airport has a vast amount of snow removal devices, including the world's largest snowplow with a blade measuring 32 feet 3 inches (9.83 m) wide and 4 feet (1.2 m) tall . On average, the airport is closed less than 24 hours annually due to snowfall. The airport has received the Balchen/Post Award for Excellence in the Performance of Snow and Ice Control a total of seven times, most recently in 2006.[1] Runway 10/28 has a Category II Instrument Landing System (ILS).

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations Gate Number
Air Canada operated by Air Georgian Toronto-Pearson 27
American Eagle Chicago-O'Hare 27
Continental Connection operated by Colgan Air Newark 21-22
Continental Connection operated by CommutAir Cleveland, Newark 21-22
Continental Express operated by ExpressJet Airlines Cleveland, Newark 21-22
Delta Air Lines Atlanta [seasonal], Detroit [seasonal] 23-25
Delta Connection operated by Atlantic Southeast Airlines Atlanta 23-25
Delta Connection operated by Comair Detroit, New York JFK 23-25
Delta Connection operated by Mesaba Airlines Detroit 23-25
JetBlue Airways New York-JFK, Orlando 3,11,15
United Express operated by GoJet Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Washington-Dulles 20,26
United Express operated by Mesa Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Washington-Dulles 20,26
United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines Chicago-O'Hare 20,26
United Express operated by Trans States Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Washington-Dulles 20,26
US Airways Charlotte, Philadelphia, Washington-Reagan [seasonal] 5-10
US Airways Express operated by Air Wisconsin Philadelphia, Washington-Reagan 5-10
US Airways Express operated by Colgan Air Boston, New York-LaGuardia 5-10
US Airways Express operated by Piedmont Airlines Philadelphia 5-10
US Airways Express operated by Republic Airlines Philadelphia, Washington-Reagan 5-10

Military facilities

The airport is also home to Hancock Field Air National Guard Base. The host wing at Hancock Field ANGB is the 174th Fighter Wing (174 FW), with the 274th Air Support Operations Squadron (274 ASOS) as an additional tenant command. Both units belong to the New York Air National Guard and are operationally gained by the Air Combat Command (ACC).

The installation consists of approximately 350 acres of flight line, aircraft ramp and support facilities on the south side of the airport. The base employs approximately 2,000 personnel consisting of full-time Active Guard and Reserve (AGR), Air Reserve Technicians (ART) and traditional part-time Air National Guardsmen. The facility maintains the BAK-14 arresting gear on the airport's primary runway for emergency use by military tactical jet aircraft and also operates its own fire station with USAF crash vehicles that augment the airport's civilian Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) organization.

The 174 FW was formed on October 28, 1947 as the 138th Fighter Squadron (138 FS), the first post-World War II Air National Guard flying unit in New York State, and initially flew P-47 Thunderbolts from the former Army Air Force facilities at Hancock Field. The wing has been flown fighters or attack aircraft for nearly its entire existence, to include the such aircraft as the F-86 Sabre, A-37 Dragonfly, A-10 Thunderbolt II and the F-16 Fighting Falcon in its F-16A and F-16C Block 25 and Block 30 variants. The wing was also one of two Air National Guard fighter wings that was totally mobilized to active duty and deployed to Southwest Asia in 1990-91 to conduct combat flight operations in support of Operation Desert Storm, as well as providing additional support to Operation NORTHERN WATCH in the late 1990s.

As a result of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) 2005, the 174 FW was identified for transition to an unmanned aircraft flying mission, operating the MQ-9 Reaper weapon system. In October 2008, the first of the 174 FW's F-16s departed Hancock Field ANGB for transfer to other units and the wing began its transition. The wing will anticipates being operationally capable with the MQ-9 in mid-2010.

Flight Schools

Syracuse Hancock International is home to the third component of [2] Waypoint Flight School - which was once the former ExecAir Flight Training Center.

Runways

Runway 28/10
Runway 15/33
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Location & QuickFacts

FAA Information Effective:2008-09-25
Airport Identifier:SYR
Airport Status:Operational
Longitude/Latitude:076-06-22.7180W/43-06-40.2730N
-76.106311/43.111187 (Estimated)
Elevation:421 ft / 128.32 m (Surveyed)
Land:2000 acres
From nearest city:4 nautical miles NE of Syracuse, NY
Location:Onondaga County, NY
Magnetic Variation:13W (2000)

Owner & Manager

Ownership:Publicly owned
Owner:City Of Syracuse
Address:City Hall
Syracuse, NY 13212
Phone number:315-448-2489
Manager:Anthony Mancuso
Address:Dept Of Aviation, 1000 Col Eileen Collins Blvd
Syracuse, NY 13212
Phone number:315-454-3263

Airport Operations and Facilities

Airport Use:Open to public
Wind indicator:Yes
Segmented Circle:No
Control Tower:Yes
Lighting Schedule:DUSK-DAWN
Beacon Color:Clear-Green (lighted land airport)
Landing fee charge:No
Sectional chart:New York
Region:AEA - Eastern
Boundary ARTCC:ZBW - Boston
Tie-in FSS:BUF - Buffalo
FSS on Airport:No
FSS Toll Free:1-800-WX-BRIEF
NOTAMs Facility:SYR (NOTAM-d service avaliable)
Certification type/date:I C S 05/1973
Federal Agreements:NGPY

Airport Communications

Unicom:122.950 

Airport Services

Fuel available:100LLA
Airframe Repair:MAJOR
Power Plant Repair:MAJOR
Bottled Oxygen:HIGH/LOW
Bulk Oxygen:HIGH/LOW

Runway Information

Runway 10/28

Dimension:9003 x 150 ft / 2744.1 x 45.7 m
Surface:ASPH,
Surface Treatment:Saw-cut or plastic Grooved
Weight Limit:Single wheel: 115000 lbs.
Dual wheel: 156000 lbs.
Dual tandem wheel: 257000 lbs.
Edge Lights:High
 

Runway 10

Runway 28

Longitude:076-07-34.1500W076-05-32.9120W
Latitude:43-06-29.5200N43-06-33.5080N
Elevation:419.00 ft400.00 ft
Alignment:87127
ILS Type:ILS/DME ILS/DME
Traffic Pattern:LeftLeft
Markings:Precision instrument, Good ConditionPrecision instrument, Good Condition
Arresting:BAK14BAK14
Crossing Height:55.00 ft0.00 ft
VASI:4-box on left side
Visual Glide Angle:3.00°0.00°
RVR Equipment:touchdown, midfield, rollouttouchdown, midfield, rollout
TOUCHDOWN RVR ALSO USED FOR RY 33.
Approach lights:MALSRALSF2
Centerline Lights:YesYes
Touchdown Lights:NoYes
Obstruction:64 ft trees, 2609.0 ft from runway, 686 ft right of centerline, 37:1 slope to clear80 ft trees, 2924.0 ft from runway, 287 ft left of centerline, 34:1 slope to clear

Runway 15/33

Dimension:7500 x 150 ft / 2286.0 x 45.7 m
Surface:ASPH, Good Condition
Surface Treatment:Saw-cut or plastic Grooved
Weight Limit:Single wheel: 115000 lbs.
Dual wheel: 156000 lbs.
Dual tandem wheel: 257000 lbs.
Edge Lights:High
 

Runway 15

Runway 33

Longitude:076-06-46.2070W076-05-33.2770W
Latitude:43-07-16.4340N43-06-25.1260N
Elevation:416.00 ft402.00 ft
Alignment:127127
Traffic Pattern:LeftLeft
Markings:Non-precision instrument, Good ConditionNonstandard, Good Condition
NSTD MARKINGS; AIMING POINT MARKINGS ARE 1340 FT FM APCH END RY.
Crossing Height:53.00 ft50.00 ft
VASI:4-box on left side4-light PAPI on left side
Visual Glide Angle:3.00°3.00°
RVR Equipment:touchdown
Approach lights:MALS
Centerline Lights:YesYes
Obstruction:51 ft trees, 1440.0 ft from runway, 380 ft left of centerline, 24:1 slope to clear34 ft tree, 840.0 ft from runway, 520 ft left of centerline, 18:1 slope to clear

Radio Navigation Aids

ID Type Name Ch Freq Var Dist
BKNDBPlein329.0012W28.2 nm
CJYNDBClay275.0012W37.1 nm
GSSTACANGriffiss057X 12W31.3 nm
ITHVOR/DMEIthaca055X111.8010W40.2 nm
SYRVORTACSyracuse117X117.0011W5.2 nm
GGTVORTACGeorgetown125X117.8011W22.9 nm
UCAVORTACUtica049X111.2012W41.7 nm

Remarks

  • NO CHARTER OPER THRU PASSENGER TERMINAL BLDG WITHOUT PRIOR PERMISSION.
  • ARPT SFC DETECTION EQUIPMENT (ASDE) BEING TESTED AT SYRACUSE ARPT; ALL ACFT REQUESTED TO OPR TRANSPONDERS WHILE ON ARTP SFC.
  • FIELD CONDITION REPORTS RECORDING AVAILABLE CALL 315-455-3444.
  • REMARKS -ANG - OPR 1100-2000Z++ WKD EXC HOL. PPR TRANS ACFT OFFL BUS ONLY. 138FS OPS DSN 243-221/2217. PPR REQ FOR ALL TRAN ACFT DUE LTD TRANS SVC. NOTIFY 138FS OPS OF ETA DELAY OVER 30 MIN OR MSN CNL IS RQR. PHONE PATCH CAPABILITY AVBL.
  • HVY ACFT CTC ARPT COMMISSIONER FOR PRK AVBL AT C315-455-3263. MIL PRK RAMP UNLGTD. LIMITED METRO AVAIL AT DSN 243-2185. C315-233-2185 OR CTC OWS DSN 576-9755/9702. ALL TRAN ACFT REQ NOISE ABATEMENT BRIEFING.
  • REMARKS - RSTD - TXY U NOT USED. USE TXY J TO ENTER ANG RAMP.
  • COMMUNICATIONS - ANG - OPS - 139.625 379.5 REMARKS: (COBRA OPS) CTC ANG OPS 15 MIN PRIOR TO ARR.
  • NOISE ABATEMENT PROCEDURES IN EFFECT.
  • DEER/COYOTE/BIRDS ON INVOF ARPT.
  • NO JET ENGINE MAINT RUNS ABOVE IDLE BTWN 2300-0600.
  • NO TSNT ACFT PARKING ON MAIN TERMINAL RAMP.
  • DIRECT CUSTOM NOTIFICATION IS REQUIRED. HOURS OF NOTIFICATION ARE MON-SAT 0800-1700. ARRIVALS OUTSIDE OF THESE HRS MUST MAKE ARRANGEMENTS DURING REGULAR WORK HRS; CALL 315-455-2271.

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General Info
Country United States
State NEW YORK
FAA ID SYR
Latitude 43-06-40.273N
Longitude 076-06-22.718W
Elevation 421 feet
Near City SYRACUSE


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