NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. - Congresswoman Kathy Hochul joined Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority officials at the Niagara Falls International Airport Thursday morning to announce millions in federal funds for the facility.
The airport will receive nearly $12 million from the FAA for rehab of its main runway. NFIA generates $158 million annually for the region and impacts 2,000 jobs.
The event also included an announcement by Allegiant Travel Company of non-stop, low-cost flights between Niagara Falls and Ft. Lauderdale. The new flights will operate twice weekly between the Falls and Ft. Lauderdale International Airport starting July 1st.
On Tuesday, the airline announced passengers will have to pay up to $35 to stow carry-on bags in its overhead storage bins.
Today's scheduled announcement comes after the NFTA and Delta recently announced expanded regional jet service between Buffalo-Niagara International Airport and New York City.
Airline officials and the NFTA anticipate a jump in the number of airline travelers in the region in the coming years, due largely in part to the increasing number of Canadian passengers.