It’s Official: Stewart Airport Now Has A New Name: New York Stewart International Airport

Stewart International Airport in Orange County will be renamed New York Stewart International Airport as part of a $37 million effort to modernize facilities and bring new attention to the travel hub.

The tremendous success of international air service by Norwegian Airlines at Stewart International Airport in Orange County has prompted the Port Authority to expand services including a permanent U.S. Customs inspection area at the airport based in New Windsor.

Passenger volumes at the Hudson Valley airport rose 62 percent last year.

The name change also is expected to increase the international airport’s appeal as a travel option to the New York metropolitan region, especially for foreign travelers.

A new name—New York International Airport at Stewart Field has been floated by state government officials, as well as the Port Authority. Additionally, with the goal of increasing private flight activity at Stewart by as much as 20 percent, the Port Authority Board authorized an agreement with Signature Flight Support to build a new hangar dedicated to private planes.

Last year, nearly 450,000 commercial airline passengers used Stewart International Airport, including 141,000 international fliers, fueled in large part by the launch of service by Norwegian Airlines.

The 2017 passenger levels at the airport were up from approximately 275,000 total passengers from a year earlier.

The expansion is expected to have immediate and lasting regional economic impact, with the projected creation on-site of 140 jobs and $10.6 million in wages. The total regional impact is expected to be 230 total direct and indirect jobs, $17.5 million in wages and $45 million in economic activity.

Commenting on the Port Authority’s latest investment at Stewart Airport, Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus said, “This is an important step in continuing to grow Stewart Airport as a viable alternative to overcrowded New York City airports for international travel.”

“Great things are on the horizon for Orange County,” Neuhaus added. “These changes at Stewart International Airport are key to making them happen.”

The tremendous success of international air service by Norwegian Airlines at Stewart International Airport in Orange County has prompted the Port Authority to expand services at the airport based in New Windsor in Orange County.

Stewart International Airport will undergo a major expansion with the addition of a $30-million permanent U.S. Customs inspection area to handle the airport’s significant rise in international passengers over the past year, under a measure approved on Feb. 15 by the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners.

Following a breakout 2017 in which passenger volumes at the Hudson Valley airport rose 62%, Port Authority Commissioners also approved giving the agency’s Executive Director the authority to proceed with efforts to potentially change the airport’s name as part of a rebranding initiative aimed at increasing its appeal as a travel option to the New York metropolitan region, especially for foreign travelers.

A new name—New York International Airport at Stewart Field has been floated by state government officials, as well as the Port Authority. Additionally, with the goal of increasing private flight activity at Stewart by as much as 20%, the Port Authority Board authorized an agreement with Signature Flight Support to build a new hangar dedicated to private planes.

Last year, nearly 450,000 commercial airline passengers used Stewart International Airport, including 141,000 international fliers, fueled in large part by the launch of service by Norwegian Airlines. The 2017 passenger levels at the airport were up from approximately 275,000 total passengers from a year earlier. Future enhancements to the airport will include a carport with a solar panel roof covering 450 spaces, with a request for proposal on the project slated to be issued soon. The green initiative will create 1.9 megawatts of power that will be used to offset energy costs at the expanded terminal.

“Economic development is one of the Port Authority’s fundamental missions and expanding Stewart International Airport to handle more international customers does exactly that,” said Board Chairman Kevin O’Toole. “Since taking over the airport in 2007, this agency has now invested more than $200 million in the airport’s infrastructure. Today’s approval further underscores our commitment to giving customers at Stewart a higher level of service, while providing the opportunity for further growth and tourism in the Mid-Hudson Valley and New York metropolitan region.”

“Expanding the terminal supports Governor Cuomo’s vision of an airport that increases flight activity and passenger volume, and provides the level of service and amenities that should be expected of a world-class facility,” said Board Vice-Chairman Jeffrey Lynford.

In his annual State-of-the-State address in early January, Gov. Andrew Cuomo called on the Port Authority to approve the investment in a permanent U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspection facility to increase access to the region’s world-class destinations and mid-Hudson Valley attractions. The goal was to encourage growing international passenger use of the airport by separating domestic and international operations so the airport can handle both efficiently at the same time.

The expansion will add nearly 20,000 square-feet of space to the existing terminal, while improving travelers’ experience by allowing concurrent domestic and international flight arrivals. The new federal inspection area will provide capacity to screen up to 400 international passengers per hour.

Currently, Stewart lacks a dedicated area to process passengers from international flights, which are handled by using a moveable wall to section off part of the terminal. This creates an inconvenience for domestic passengers using the terminal at the same time. Construction of a dedicated Federal Inspection Service facility for U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents will greatly ameliorate this and streamline processing of the growing number of international passengers using the airport.

The expansion is expected to have immediate and lasting regional economic impact, with the projected creation on-site of 140 jobs and $10.6 million in wages. The total regional impact is expected to be 230 total direct and indirect jobs, $17.5 million in wages and $45 million in economic activity.

Now, the biggest problem is the 66 miles distance to New York City. Especially in a snow storm riding a charter bus to or from the airport.

It would be a perfect application for a Hyperloop. We have been in contact with Virgin Hyperloop One to bring them in contact with the Port Authority (owner of the airport).

 

See the post on this subject

https://penneyandkc.wordpress.com/a-new-hudson-bridge-revived-beacon-line-hyperloop-and-more/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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