SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Syracuse Hancock International Airport is increasing enforcement of its active curbline policy.
This comes as a result of unprecedented growth in passenger traffic.
Passenger traffic is up almost 13% this year over 2018, which was up nearly 12% over 2017.
Jennifer Sweetland, Director of Marketing, Communications, and Air Service Development at the Syracuse Airport, says, “With the increase and our growth here at the airport we are finding ourselves with the challenge of having a lot of traffic out front and it’s becoming an issue for us.”
An active curbline means that vehicles are not allowed to stand or park at the curbline and wait for passengers.
Those waiting for passengers to arrive are encouraged to wait in the Cell Phone Lot — free of charge — until contacted by the arriving passenger.
Anyone visiting SYR during peak hours can expect to see an increased police presence and subsequent enforcement of this policy.
“We need to ensure that folks that are going from the terminal to the garage or vice versa can safely cross. And sometimes when we have double and triple parked vehicles they’re not seeing folks coming back and forth and we’ve had some close calls,” Sweetland tells NewsChannel 9.
Besides Syracuse Police Officers Hancock Airport also has airport security officers.
“And they do write real tickets just like the police officers write. And their role here is to be on the curbline and ensure that it’s safe,” she says.
Those tickets are payable to the City of Syracuse
In most cases, Sweetland says, you’ll see the security officers politely ask a driver not to park in front of the terminal unless it’s a quick dropoff or the person or people they’re picking up are coming right out of the terminal.
She adds, “Parking along the roadway is just as dangerous as parking in front of the terminal and blocking the crosswalk.”