by Matthew Hubacher, research specialist, Buffalo Niagara Enterprise
Convenience, reliability and cost of air transportation are all critical factors for both leisure and business travelers. With over 5.1 million annual passengers, the Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BNIA) plays an essential role in the quality of life, business climate, and tourism industry of the region. In fact, nearly one-third of BNIA passengers hail from Southern Ontario making it a true bi-national asset.
By providing 110 daily flights with non-stop service to 18 cities and 22 airports, BNIA is a convenient place from which to originate air travel. Major passenger carriers Southwest, JetBlue, Delta, US Airways, AirTran, American and United escort passengers to top destinations across the country including New York City, Atlanta, Orlando, Chicago and Baltimore.
On time performance at BNIA is extraordinary and reliable. Departing flights registered an 82% on-time mark and arriving flights touched down on-time 78% in 2011. Only 1.75% of flights were cancelled in 2011, and planes have been grounded at BNIA for an average of only 4.25 hours per year since 2004.
According to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Consumer Airfare Report, Buffalo Niagara air passengers enjoy an average one-way airfare of $170, among the least expensive in all domestic markets; it would cost more to fly out of nearly every other major U.S. market.
The Buffalo Niagara International Airport is a tremendous asset for the community of Western New York and Southern Ontario. For more information, please visit BNIA’s website: http://www.buffaloairport.com/.