Preston Announces BGM Bookings Increase, Major Runway Renovation Project

(Binghamton, NY) – Broome County Executive Debbie Preston and Department of Aviation Commissioner Carl Beardsley Jr. today announced a 3.2% increase in passenger traffic at the Greater Binghamton Airport over the same period in 2011, as well as updated progress on a major runway renovation.

Nearly 25,000 passengers utilized BGM in the first quarter of 2012, as opposed to 23,000 in 2011.

“More and more travelers are utilizing BGM because it’s easy and convenient,” said Broome County Executive Debbie Preston. “As we continue to make improvements, we are working aggressively at expanding service to give travelers more destinations.”

United Express, which operates flights between Binghamton and Washington-Dulles International Airport, showed significant increases in passenger traffic during the first quarter, attaining an increase of 27%.

Additionally, Preston and Beardsley announced that the Airport’s $12.9 million Runway Safety Improvement and Runway Extension Project is near 50% complete.   As a result of this project, Runway 16-34 will be extended to 7,300 feet improving operational capabilities of the airport. This project is expected to be complete by the end of the year.

Project Cost:            

  • Total Project Cost:                $12,960,987

  • Federal Funds:                      $12,312,938

  • State Funds:                           $324,025

  • Airport Funds:                       $324,025

“This important project adds another layer of safety to our travelers and drastically improves the Airport’s infrastructure,” said Beardsley.

The project directly supports 115 jobs.

“This construction project is important to the Airport and good for the economy,” said Preston.  “As we continue to improve our Airport we’re putting people to work.”

BGM has also seen improvements inside the terminal.  Olum’s recently donated several television sets to increase the comfort of travelers waiting to departure and families waiting for arrivals.

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04/26/2012 - 2:24pm