CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. -- In this summer season, a trip to Europe or some other international destination is tempting.

And someday soon, you may be able to fly to international, transatlantic destinations straight from Buffalo.

A spokeswoman for the NFTA confirmed Sunday, that the Buffalo Niagara International airport has discussed potential ties with European-based airlines about possible routes from Western New York, as first reported by the Buffalo News.

A local travel manager with AAA says it could make sense to bypass some of the traditional overseas departure cities like Toronto, New York City, and Atlanta for both convenience and possible cost-savings.

BNIA is already equipped for such service.

"It's my understanding the runway at Buffalo International can handle pretty much the aircraft that typically go over the water...the 767's and Airbus model aircraft. So as far as runway length is concerned, it's certainly not a problem. And I know there are international gate areas as well," said Brian P. Murray, CTC AAA Regional Travel Director Western, Rochester and Central Region.

Major incentives may be required, but some point to BNIA's growth with lower cost domestic airlines and the fact that some other smaller city airports like Hartford and even Stewart Airport have international service.