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Oct 19, 2017
Press Release
Runway Restoration Project Upgrades Existing Infrastructure and Improves Safety | Strategic Investments in Airport Foster Economic Growth and Promote Regional Tourism

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Congressman Brian Higgins today announced work is complete on a $15 million project to rehabilitate the entire length of the crosswind runway at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. The pavement project also includes new runway edge lights and guidance signs. The work covered 7,161 feet, the runway's entire length.

"The Buffalo Airport is a vital economic engine for Western New York, and these improvements ensure that both the community and those who visit here are safe and secure when taking off and landing." Governor Cuomo said. "Airports are the front doors to each region across New York, and by investing in upgrading these critical gateways, we are supporting economic growth and development for generations to come."

The project also includes new drainage structures and piping, runway edge lighting, and "distance to go" and "airfield guidance" signs. The new signage enhances safety and is larger in size, improving visibility and in accordance with the latest Advisory Circular. The "distance to go" signs were installed further away from the runway to avoid damage from snow plows in the winter months. The new lighting is LED, reducing energy costs for the airport. 

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said, "Investing in our airports, and transit infrastructure is crucial to attracting business and tourism to Western New York. Using vital funds from the Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Improvement Program, Buffalo Niagara International Airport can continue to improve safety and comfort for the countless passengers that fly in and out of Buffalo each year. I fought hard for this project, and I am proud to now announce its completion; I will continue to push for resources and funding to improve and enhance airports across New York."

Congressman Brian Higgins said, "Sustained progress and substantial infrastructure investments are critical to continued economic growth. This $15 million project, which includes over $8 million in federal funding, enhances safety features at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and supports expanded productivity and opportunities for Cheektowaga and the greater Western New York region."

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said, "Governor Cuomo's investment in the infrastructure of New York State is paving the path to our success here in Western NY. The new runway and other improvements at Buffalo Airport will provide for smoother landings and takeoffs, increase safety and reduce energy costs. By improving our transportation, from airports to trains, roads and bridges, the Governor is fueling economic development throughout this region, increasing retail, tourism and business opportunities."

State Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Cathy Calhoun said, "Safety is the New York State Department of Transportation's top priority, and whether we're talking about highways or runways, repaving projects like this one help ensure that the public is safe," said. "I am proud to be part of an administration that understands the importance of investing in our infrastructure."

Kimberley A. Minkel, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Executive Director said,  "Runway improvements are necessary, proactive measures required to maintain the vitality of the airport and the safety of the flying public. It is imperative that the airport's infrastructure be maintained on an ongoing basis in order to ensure its proper functionality for the future. I would like to thank Governor Cuomo for his significant contribution in support of this project."

Senator Tim Kennedy said,  "As Buffalo continues to establish itself as a beacon of growth across the state and country, it's important that New York is investing in the infrastructure that allows people to visit and explore it. With this $15 million airport improvement project, Governor Cuomo and the Department of Transportation are once again delivering on their promise to embrace a New Buffalo - one that is built on economic stability and sound infrastructure."

Assembly member Monica Wallace said, "The Buffalo Niagara International Airport serves as the gateway to Western New York, often being the first impression for visitors arriving in Buffalo to experience a region reborn. With this latest investment in rehabilitating the crosswind runway, New York State continues to invest in the safety of the airport to make it a welcoming and secure point of entry for visitors. Airports are vital to regional economic development, and New York State is once again showing its commitment to Buffalo's continued growth."

Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said, "Upgrading and enhancing our existing infrastructure will not only provide an economic boost to our region but it will also help the Buffalo Niagara International Airport meet required safety guidelines. I thank Governor Cuomo for his commitment to a project that will have a long-term impact on the safety and security of visitors to Buffalo and Erie County as well as the residents of Western New York."

About the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority

The NFTA is a regional multi-modal transportation authority responsible for aviation and public transit in Erie and Niagara counties. NFTA businesses include a bus, rail and paratransit system, the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and the Niagara Falls International Airport.

In 2016, a J.D. Power study ranked the Buffalo Niagara International Airport second highest in customer satisfaction for medium sized airports in North America.