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Buffalo International Airport Information

Situated in the town of Cheektowaga, the Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) serves upstate New York and the southern Ontario region of Canada. The name of the airport refers to the Buffalo metropolitan area of NY and the Niagara Falls area that's on the New York-Canada border. In fact, BUF Airport is also a major gateway for tourists seeking a chance to view the world famous Niagara Falls, one of the great natural wonders of North America.

The rich aviation history of Buffalo Niagara International Airport goes back to the late 1920's. As Buffalo was at its peak as one of the major industrial cities in the United States, more than 500 acres were purchased to build the city's first major airport. The Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company helped with the development of Buffalo's airport. The company manufactured aircraft for the United States military and Navy, and the airport was heavily used as part of this effort. During World War I, the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company built the biggest airplane factory in the world and the airport's runways were used to launch the military airplanes into action.

After heavy military use during World War I and World War II, there were major renovations to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport that focused on the growing need for commercial passenger services. A 56 million dollar investment in a new terminal building in 1997 was the biggest renovation project at the airport. This addition has helped to increase the airport's capacity to accommodate more than 130 daily flights. The new terminal building also features spectacular architectural designs such as the 350-foot wide lobby, 50 foot ceiling and arched walls and other unique geometry. There is also beautiful floor artwork covering 13,000 square feet at the airport's concourse. Today, the BUF Airport operates using two asphalt runways. The 5/23 runway is 8,827 feet long and the 14/32 runway is just over 7,100 feet long.

With the increasing vehicle traffic pattern after World War II, Buffalo Niagara International Airport has also added numerous new parking options to accommodate vehicles. The A, B, and Preferred lots are dedicated for long term parking at the airport. The short term parking garage, which has more than 1,300 spaces, is weather protected and is located right next to the terminal building. Drivers can also take advantage of free shuttle buses between the long-term parking lots and the terminal.

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