© 2024 Western New York Public Broadcasting Association

140 Lower Terrace
Buffalo, NY 14202

Mailing Address:
Horizons Plaza P.O. Box 1263
Buffalo, NY 14240-1263

Buffalo Toronto Public Media | Phone 716-845-7000
WBFO Newsroom | Phone: 716-845-7040
Your NPR Station
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
WBFO brings you NPR's live coverage of the Republican National Convention tonight and tomorrow night from 9pm-11pm.

Buffalo Airport Welcomes Five Millionth Passenger

By Eileen Buckley

Cheektowaga, NY – The Buffalo Niagara International Airport has reached a record breaking milestone. On Wednesday, the five millionth passenger arrived on a flight from Florida to Buffalo. That set a new, one year passenger record.

Heidi Donovan, traveling with her husband and two young children, arrived from Pensacola, Florida. As Donovan stepped into the airport terminal, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority leaders welcomed her. She was the 5-millionth passenger to arrive in Buffalo. Her husband, 35-year old Byran Donovan, is originally from Elma.

The NFTA says the airport was not expected to hit the five million mark until the year 2020. But NFTA executive director Larry Meckler says low-cost airlines, airport improvements and Canadian travelers boosted passenger numbers 14 years ahead of schedule.

Click the "listen" icon above to hear Eileen Buckley's story now or use your podcasting software to download it to your computer or iPod.