- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - The city of Syracuse has handed over control of Syracuse Hancock International Airport to an independent authority in an effort to attract more flights.

Mayor Stephanie Miner on Monday officially turned over the operating certificate for the airport to the Syracuse Regional Airport Authority, a nonprofit public benefit corporation run by an 11-member board of directors.

Syracuse officials say in addition to attracting more low-cost flights to central New York, the move is expected to make the airport more efficient.

The Syracuse airport was one of the last airports in New York state still under local municipal control. Major city airports in New York City, Albany, Rochester and Buffalo all operate under independent authorities.

The Federal Aviation Administration’s approval of the transfer request was effective last Saturday.

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