Syracuse Hancock International Airport is busy with more than just travelers as it watches two major construction projects there move forward.

The first is the much publicized Terminal Improvement Project to give the Airport a much needed facelift both inside and out.

Phase One a multi-phase project was the removal of the overhead canopy that had cloaked the front of the Airport from parking garage to terminal for years.

Syracuse Airport Authority Executive Director Chris Callahan says, “I look at it and I’m like ‘wow, what a difference removing that heavy concrete structure has made bringing in lots of light’ and that was the intent to open up the area between the terminal and garage.”

Eventually a new, brighter canopy will be built–not as large, but covering the drop-off/pickup lane.

Phase Two is now underway with work underground where crews are replacing aging infrastructure.

In about 30 days or so, the center of the terminal will be closed off for several months so that area can undergo a major facelift. 

Callahan tells NewsChannel 9, “Passengers will still have access to the ticket counters and both terminals, the second floor to get through security but they’ll have to do it on either end of the terminal building.” 

Not long after this work gets underway other crews will be busy taking down the outside facade and installing a new glass curtain wall.

“As a member of this community the Airport is the gateway to millions of visitors who are flying into our region to do business, to visit family, to visit our colleges and universities. We are the front door to the community.” Callahan says.

Also happening on the Airport grounds the first private investment there in several years, the construction of a luxury, private terminal facility.

Million Air has facilities across the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.

Callahan says, “I think that sends a very clear message that the Airport is headed in the right direction and encouraging economic development, the jobs associated with this new facility will be important.”

Million Air also has an existing facility at Rome’s Griffiss International Airport.  The goal is to have Million Air open in Syracuse this Spring.