Report: Elmira-Corning Generates Most Economic Activity of Upstate Airports

Posted July 11, 2011

Study: Elmira-Corning Regional Airport Has Big Economic Impact
By John Zick, Corning Leader

The Elmira-Corning Regional Airport is responsible for generating more annual economic activity than all but two other airports in New York state, according to a government report.

Also, the Big Flats airport is one of just three statewide to see a rise in passengers from 2007-09. Three carriers – Delta, US Airways and Allegiant – service the airport.

The data was released as part of a Federal Aviation Administration-New York State Department of Transportation study that centered on the economic impact of airports.

The Elmira-Corning airport generates $1.54 billion in annual activity, according to the report. That’s more than international airports in Buffalo ($1.07 billion), Rochester ($800 million), Albany ($761 million) and Syracuse ($597 million).

Just John F. Kennedy International Airport ($30.3 billion) and LaGuardia ($11.75 billion) generate more annual economic activity than Elmira-Corning. Both are located in New York City.

The study noted that the Sikorsky Military Completions Center at the west end of the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport generates $1.3 billion annually. The facility completes military helicopters.

Additionally, the study showed 394,000 jobs statewide are directly or indirectly tied to airports. More than 385,000 of the jobs were tied to airline airports.

The Elmira-Corning airport is responsible for 3,377 jobs.

Also, only the Elmira-Corning, Ithaca Tompkins and Westchester County airports saw a gain in passengers from 2007-09, when overall air traffic statewide was down 6.9 percent.

The Elmira-Corning Regional Airport continued strong gains in enplanements after 2009, too, according to officials.

There are 90 public-use airports in New York, 18 of which are considered “airline airports,” or airports that offer scheduled passenger flights.

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