(WIVT/WBGH) – The Greater Binghamton Airport has been struggling throughout recent years, until Avelo just recently announced it will provide direct flights to Florida.

Governor Kathy Hochul, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, and Broome County Executive Jason Garner held a news conference at the Greater Binghamton Airport this morning.

Hochul announced a new project that will give the airport a new, refreshing identity.

She says that as part of the contract, the upgrades to BGM must be completed in two years.

The governor says that having more flight options and creating a more appealing airport can lead to generating more jobs.

Hochul announced that the Greater Binghamton Airport will be receiving 32 million dollars to expand the terminals, rehabilitate the building, and better the experience for travelers.

Hochul says that she does not want the Southern Tier to be a “hidden gem” anymore.

Governor Kathy Hochul says, “I just want to tell you, we are addressing all these areas. Stimulating the economy, affordable housing, clean energy initiatives, but airports are so important to us. And as we mentioned, airports leave a lasting impression. It’s the first impression and it’s the last impression. So why not make it even better, so that’s why I am proud to announce that we are investing 230 million dollars in upstate airports.”

Hochul believes that with the recent developments at Binghamton University regarding battery storage and micro-chip production, the renovations to the airport will accommodate for the large creation of jobs.

The other areas upstate that will be receiving funding for their airports include Albany, Watertown, Saratoga, Syracuse, Sullivan County, Rochester, Adirondack, Ogdensburg