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New terminal raises hopes of passenger service from Griffiss Airport in central New York

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ROME, New York — A new $7.5 million terminal is raising hopes of passenger air service out of Griffiss International Airport in Rome.

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente tells the Utica Observer-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1ASUHRM ) that the terminal that opened a few weeks ago gives local officials a step up in attracting a commercial carrier.

The terminal lacks airline ticket desks and a luggage claim area, but those would be added if commercial flights became established.

The airport is owned by Oneida County and is on the former site of Griffiss Air Force Base. It serves corporate, governmental and private aviation needs and is one of the test sites for research on integrating unmanned drones into the congested Northeast airspace.

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