February 26, 2015
Picente: New Gateway Terminal Building At Griffiss International Airport Has Opened
New Building Is a Multipurpose Terminal and Customs Inspection Building
Today Oneida County Executive was joined by Chairman of the Board of Legislators Gerald Fiorini and surrounded by elected officials, tenants of Griffiss International Airport and the Business and Technology Park as well as representatives of C&S engineering and other contractors as they cut the ribbon on the brand new Gateway Terminal Building at the Griffiss International Airport.
County Executive Picente said “Today marks an important step in the evolution of this airport from a shuttered air force base to an international hub of technology, aviation and innovation. C&S and all those involved from design to construction have created a remarkable building, I congratulate them on all their work.”
Design on the building began in November 2013. Construction began in June 2014. The Terminal (Multi-Purpose) building is approximately 12,000 square feet. The Federal Inspection Station (FIS) (Customs) facility is approximately 4,800 square feet. This facility includes a customer waiting area, the inspection area located in the center of the facility. It also includes offices and space as required by the user fee program and General Aviation FIS guidelines.
Picente went on to say “Today’s event epitomizes our approach towards capital investments. This building is a strategic piece to the economic development puzzle not only here at the airport but in the entire region. It allows for expansion and development of passenger flights as well as allowing us to market Griffiss is a more effective way.”
Million Air provides Fixed Base Operations services for the County. This service includes the parking, towing, short term lease of hangar space and servicing of local, transient and military aircraft. Million Air is also responsible for managing and leasing space in the corporate hangar and T-Hangars.
Million Air will occupy the entire first floor of the Terminal building. Their space includes a customer service area, 3 separate seating areas, and a café, flight planning area, theater room and a conference room as well as office space for Million Air personnel. The Department of Aviation is located on the second floor and includes offices for the Commissioner and administrative staff as well as a conference room.
Also located on the second floor is Galaxy/Laser Grade Aviation who has leased two offices. Galaxy Aviation provides flight instruction to those wanting to earn a pilot’s license. Learn to Fly, Inc. leases one office on the second floor and they provide flight instruction and flight evaluations.