What a complete waste of money. For less than $30 million, you could lengthen BUF
's main runway to 10,000 feet over the top of the Thruway. It's a fine airport that's already got customs facilities. The only way a region that size could support two passenger airports within 20 miles of each other, would be if one of BUF
's low-fare carriers moved there. (Sort of like the way FL
uses CAK instead of CLE
). But the low-fare carriers all use BUF
, and would have no reason to change. BUF
's fees aren't high, if I remember right.
is unused for good reason. There isn't demand. I remember the 1970's charters too; my piano teacher took a KLM DC-8 from IAG
. I agree, Dan, that was really cool. But it would be a waste of public money to spend $30 million earned by BUF
's success on a terminal that would be used a few times a year. Even a few times a week would not justify the investment.
Niagara Falls is not a major enough tourist destination to justify its own airport, with BUF
so close by. Similarly, Rochester's mayor, Admiral Johnson, needs to realize that there isn't sufficient demand for that huge fast ferry boat to Toronto, since DHS won't allow cargo. Let the creditors take it somewhere where it can make money, don't try to buy it.
If I were an Erie County taxpayer, I'd be very upset about this proposal--because I know that NFTA would probably wind up making up the wasted money out of my pocket somehow.