Renovations set to take off at Greater Binghamton Airport

By Erika Mahoney

January 14, 2014 Updated Jan 14, 2014 at 8:27 PM EDT

Town of Maine, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Greater Binghamton Airport is often the first impression for travelers to the Binghamton area.

The last time the interior of the airport was renovated was in 1999.

On Monday, Broome County Executive Debbie Preston announced $750,000 in improvements are coming to the airport.

"We feel that these renovations are not only necessary, but will help improve the look of the airport, giving the thousands of people visiting the community a better first impression of our county," Preston said.

About 200,000 people come through the airport every year. Those travelers will soon see a number of upgrades.

Some of the improvements include a new carpet, new bathrooms, new seats with outlets, and new trash cans and recycling containers.

The screening checkpoint will be re-designed.

The project will also include upgrades to the current flight information display system.

"In the future, we are going to have flight information display screens that show the weather in the local area, which can have an impact on flights going in and out," Greater Binghamton Airport Commissioner Carl Beardsley said. "But it's also going to show the weather in the destinations you're going to."

The money for the project is coming from the state and the airport. Preston said the state is covering $495,000 and the airport is covering the remainder.

Beardsley said the renovations won't affect any travelers.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of May.