Usually, avoiding major airports like JFK or Newark is supposed to save us time. Unfortunately, a project at one of New York's favorite "alternate" airports is causing major headaches for many travelers.

A major construction project is underway at the airport every Hudson Valley resident looks to when they want to avoid the stress and traffic of our major hubs further south. In a rare instance, however, construction isn't only impeding vehicle traffic, but people traffic as well.

Albany International Airport is experiencing increased delays during their massive construction project
Albany International Airport is experiencing increased delays during their massive construction project (Google)
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Major Construction Project at Albany Airport

"PSA: If you are flying out of Albany anytime soon, make sure you get to the airport a minimum of 2 hours ahead [of schedule]. I did not and I missed my flight", began the angry post in the Hudson, NY community Facebook page. There are several specific areas in the airport that are affected.

Construction both outside and inside the terminal at Albany International Airport has caused delays for drivers and passengers
Construction both outside and inside the terminal at Albany International Airport has caused delays for drivers and passengers (Google)
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Details on Construction at Albany International Airport

Despite the claims of the miffed passenger who missed their flight, the Albany International Airport has an entire section of their website devoted to details of their latest project, which includes temporary inconveniences like reduced lanes in the passenger pickup and drop-off areas, scaffolding inside the airport by ticketing counters and TSA lines, and the closure of the pedestrian bridge (above). Unfortunately, that's just the beginning.

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As the project continues, so do updates from the airport. In January, the passenger arrival area was temporarily removed, as well as access to stairs and escalators that lead to the baggage claim area. More recently, pickup and drop-off lanes have been reduced to a single lane (below).

Part of the construction project at Albany International Airport requires the closure of lanes at the pickup/drop-off area
Part of the construction project at Albany International Airport requires the closure of lanes at the pickup/drop-off area (Google)
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The massive overhaul is thanks to a massive multi-million grant, and the airport says the upgrades will "streamline your travel journey, heighten comfort and convenience, and make every trip through our gates a truly exceptional experience." When the dust settles, travelers can expect larger TSA areas, an added business center, more concession options, and more.

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With months more of work ahead, travelers will need to make extra time at Albany International Airport at least through the end of 2024. If dodging construction and waiting in long TSA lines isn't your idea of a good time, plan a New York road trip instead below.

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Gallery Credit: Chuck D'Imperio

Road Trip Through New York's Ice Cream Trail

Did you know there's an ice cream trail here in the great state of New York? Yup. Created by Only In Your State, the trail takes you all throughout the Adirondacks, allowing you to "take in the sights of our tallest mountains and some of the most breathtaking scenery in all of New York" while licking your favorite kind of ice cream.

Hop aboard the New York Ice Cream Trail!

Gallery Credit: Dave Wheeler

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