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September 17, 2013

Adirondack Airport wins federal funding for terminal expansion

LAKE CLEAR — A federal grant will allow terminal expansion to move forward at Adirondack Regional Airport.

The project has been in a holding pattern for several years.

On Monday, Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Bill Owens announced $967,110 in U.S. Department of Transportation grant funding to expand the terminal in Lake Clear.

The update will add room to the security-gate area to meet Transportation Security Agency (TSA) safety standards.

Adirondack Airport is operated by the Town of Harrietstown.

Town Supervisor Bob Bevilacqua said in an interview on Monday that the funding comes as great news, especially for area residents and air travelers.

“It’s fantastic. This is something we really need in order to expand the terminal, which is too small to handle even the number of passengers on Cape Air flights,” he said. 

“The airport needs more room for TSA security equipment, and we need to expand the terminal in order to achieve that.”

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For the past year, the design and plans to add about 30 feet to the eastern edge of the terminal have been developed in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), he said.

“Last year, the FAA gave us the approval to design the space to meet TSA’s needs, the airport’s needs and the traveling public’s needs,” Bevilacqua said.

Improvements will include additional restrooms inside the security clearance area. At this point, people who have been screened for air travel have to go through the process again after using restrooms elsewhere in the building.

Space is also tight for families waiting for people to arrive and depart.

“It will be really nice to get this work done,” Bevilacqua said.

‘REALLY EXCITING’

Some preliminary work on the terminal expansion will likely begin before the year is out.

But Corey Hurwitch, Adirondack Airport manager, expects the bulk of it will be started in the spring.

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