Stewart Airport To Be Renamed
Stewart International Airport is officially getting a new name.
On Wednesday, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced that Stewart International Airport will be renamed New York Stewart International Airport.
“Studies have shown rebranding the airport with ‘New York’ in its name raises the geographic profile of the airport and its visibility, particularly with foreign travelers,” Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton said in a press release. “While preserving the airport’s history, the goal is to bring more flights and tourism dollars to New York, and ultimately more jobs to the region.”
The name change is part of a $37 million initiative to improve the airport.
The $37 million upgrade will include modernizing the airport and a 20,000 square foot permanent U.S. Customs inspection area to better handle the soaring number of international passengers.
Passenger volume increased by 60% in 2017, mostly due to Norwegian Air’s new service to destinations including Dublin, Belfast, Edinburgh and Bergen, Norway, officials say.
A 450-space carport featuring a solar panel rooftop will be built to produce 1.9 megawatts of power that will be used to offset energy costs at the expanded terminal, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
In January, Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a proposal to invest $34 million to modernize, expand and rename the airport New York International at Stewart Field.
"By transforming Stewart Airport into a state-of-the-art transportation destination, we are providing an inviting gateway to the region and supercharging an economic engine for the entire Mid-Hudson Valley," Cuomo said. "This international transportation hub will provide a world-class passenger experience, attract new visitors and businesses and continue to move the Mid-Hudson Valley forward."
Upgrading the airport is expected to create 140 jobs and $10.6 million in wages.
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