SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) Syracuse Hancock International Airport has just logged its busiest day of the year for seat capacity, meaning bigger planes that are causing airfares to drop.
This June there’s 21 percent more seat capacity compared to last June.
“So there’s actually been a 6 percent reduction in airfare on the same month,” says Jason Terreri, the new Executive Director at Syracuse Hancock International Airport.
Terreri has been on the job full-time for just a few weeks, having been hired in April to replace Christina Callahan.
Callahan accepted a position as Deputy General Manager of LaGuardia Airport earlier this year.
Terreri is excited to build on the work Callahan has done at Syracuse’s Airport.
“We’ve got further expansion that we need to do. We’ve got an opportunity to continue to grow and offer the services to the public so it’s a lot of fun for somebody like me, I’m really having a good time,” he says.
The data shows bigger, mainline airplanes are being used by carriers at Hancock International, with less of the smaller regional jets.
Terreri tells NewsChannel 9, “So it’s a good story to tell that as we grow, the airlines are adding more into the market it’s actually also becoming more affordable to travel.”
He says all of this will help attract people to Syracuse that used to fly out of other airports.
It must be working, the first four months of this year have seen big increases in the number of people flying in and out of Syracuse. See the numbers below:
It’s why Terreri says it’s even more important for them to further improve the customer experience, like more food and beverage options.
Terreri floated an idea of a local coffee company with a shop outside of the TSA security checkpoint that would be available to everyone.
“And those are the kinds of things that are easy to do, they work with the customer,” Terreri says.
A little harder to do but just as important he says are facility upgrades like the parking garage.
“Parking is very important to an airport in terms of revenue generator for the airport, but also as we grow we need to not only grow the air service portfolio but when you do that you have to balance everything out by having the facilities for the passengers to get here and stay here,” he adds.
United Airline just started daily non-stop flights from Syracuse to Denver.
Terreri says while they’re talking with new and existing carriers there’s no expansion of service they plan to announce right now.
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