Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF/KBUF)

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The American (fares) Falls: Up to 300 people travel Buffalo-Los Angeles each day – savings for Canadians are especially large for US destinations – little wonder that 47% of the licence plates in the airport's car parks are Canadian.

Last year, over 2 million Canadians used Buffalo Niagara International Airport, attracted by much lower fares to US destinations than offered over the border in Toronto.

Other major reasons to serve this airport

  • Approximately 80 miles (120km) to downtown Toronto (the most populous city in Canada).
  • There are over 9.7 million residents that live in this bi-national US/Canadian region (based on a 100 km radius catchment area)
  • Last year, over 2 million Canadians used the Buffalo Niagara International Airport
  • 25 minutes from Niagara Falls, which attracts over 22 million visitors each year
  • Full service airport with mix of Low Cost Carriers and Legacy Carriers. Around 110 flights daily to 23 nonstop destinations and beyond.

The BNIA Incentive Program provides significant fees and charges incentives for up to 12 months with the region's agencies keen to support substantial tourism – including over 22 million visitors to Niagara Falls.

Marketing and other support

The catchment of 9.7 million includes 7.4 million Canadians.

Catchment Area

  • Total 100 km radius catchment area population:  9.7 million (2010 Census)
  • Population of the nine Western New York State counties in our 100 km
    catchment area: 2.3 million
    (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties)
  • Population of the nine Canadian census divisions in our 100 km
    catchment area: 7.4 million
    (Toronto, Durham, Halton, Peel, York, Brant, Haldimand-Norfolk, Hamilton, and Niagara)


The Buffalo NY area has extensive manufacturing including majors in medical and advanced component manufacturing and a considerable appetite for just-in-time inventory. Toronto is less than two hours trucking distance. The arriving FedEx 727 shown is actually a permanent, retired resident – for fire training.

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

  • Centrally located in the North East of the US, within 10 hrs driving distance (or less) of 65% of the entire US population. Chicago, New York, Boston and Washington, DC are all easily reached via interstate highway system.
  • Less than a two hour drive from downtown Toronto, directly accessible via a modern highway system.


Making the most of geography – and natural attributes: The Falls and Buffalo itself are on the airport doorstep and Toronto less than two hours' drive.


  • Buffalo, NY – 5 miles/7km (closest city)
  • Niagara Falls, NY – 23 miles/35km
  • Toronto, Canada – 83 miles (125km)
  • Rochester, NY – 62 miles (92km)
  • Airport is located adjacent to US Interstate I-90, which runs from Boston all the way to the US Pacific Northwest.  This highway is a major connecting artery to cities like Boston, Rochester, Buffalo, Cleveland, Chicago, and Seattle.

The new terminal opened was opened in the late-1990s with an expansion completed in 2000.

Infrastructure & Operations:

  • Runways: 
    RWY 05–23: 8,829’ X 150’
    RWY 14–32: 7,161’ X 150’
  • Slot Coordinated?: No
  • Operating hours: 24/7
  • Terminals (Number, type and last major refurbishment): One passenger terminal with 25 gates.  New terminal opened in 1997, with an expansion completed in 2000.
  • Min. connect time: n/a
  • Other relevant Infrastructure & Operations details: Fully automated inline baggage handling system, 10 security lane checkpoint, FIS facility.
  • The following carriers operate at BUF, operating approximately 110 flights daily to 23 non-stop destinations and beyond. Southwest/Airtran, Delta Air Lines, Jetblue Airways, US Airways, United Airlines and American Airlines.

Important infrastructure developments and/or other news

Many taxi and bus operators specialise in cross-border transfers.

Vital statistics

  • 2012 Passengers (total in & out): 5.2 million
  • 2012 Freight (total in & out): 90 million pounds (40,000 tonnes)
  • Largest carriers: Southwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Jetblue Airways and US Airways
  • In 2012, 47% of the licence plates in our parking lots were Canadian