New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced the next phase of the state’s comprehensive plan to modernize and revitalize LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy International, Republic and Stewart International Airports. In addition, a Request for Information has been issued to identify a new operator for Republic Airport.
“Modern and accessible infrastructure is key to growing our state’s economy, and with this plan we’re bringing New York’s outdated airports into the 21st century,” Cuomo said. “Our airports are responsible for tens of billions of dollars in economic activity and bringing millions of visitors to New York State every year. By reimagining them from the ground up, we’re making an investment that will strengthen our state for years into the future.”
According to state officials, on Dec. 2, the Department of Transportation, working in conjunction with Empire State Development, issued a request for information to identify parties interested in serving as a new operator for Republic Airport.
The airport currently has nearly 100 acres of available space, including a hangar, office, restaurant and land vacancy.
In order to bring about economic development of more than 50 acres of state property in and around the airport, Cuomo has proposed creating a tax-free STARTUP NY zone at Republic Airport, with the goal of growing upon the economic success of the airport that supports more than 1,300 jobs on Long Island today.