Buffalo Airport positioning itself as travel hub of choice for southern Ontario travelers

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Published January 29, 2024 at 11:56 am

Buffalo Niagara International Airport

More than half of Hamilton-Niagara residents looking to travel to sunny skies – and more than a third of the entire GTA – are considering Buffalo Niagara International Airport as their travel hub, according to a study commissioned by the airport.

Wait times and cost are the main advantages of the upstate New York airfield, said senior marketing officer Pascal Cohen. “The survey findings are in line with (our) projection of over one million Canadians flying from Buffalo Airport this year,” he noted. “Once you arrive at the airport, your average time to your departure gate is 12 minutes, which isn’t a reality in Toronto where long wait times are the norm.”

“Thirty-five per cent of originating passengers at Buffalo Airport are Canadians, representing a substantial portion of our clientele.”

The survey, conducted by Leger from January 12-14, engaged 562 residents aged 18 and older in Greater Toronto and Hamilton-Niagara.

Buffalo Airport boasts 75 daily non-stop flights and is set to enhance its service offerings with daily flights to destinations such as Phoenix, and Nashville in April. Poised for a resurgence, Cohen said he hopes Buffalo Airport can return to pre-pandemic numbers by the spring.

“Southern Ontarians have to bear some of the highest travel costs in the country, and we are here to offer an alternative for them to save on their vacation by flying from across the border and receiving a seamless travel experience,” he said.

Opting for a domestic flight within the U.S., for example, eliminates the need for Customs and Immigration stops (except for the drive across the border, of course) and international taxes and fees.

As Buffalo Airport, which handles five million passengers annually, gears up for a robust travel season, it remains a compelling choice for Canadians seeking efficient, cost-effective, and enjoyable travel experiences, Cohen said. “We are providing Canadians with even more choice, flexibility and convenience along with the peace of mind of flying from an airport that is easy to reach and travel to their favorite destinations.

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