Serving the Buffalo-Niagara Falls metropolitan area, which consists of the counties of Erie and Niagara, is Buffalo Niagara International Airport. The airport is located in Cheektowaga, New York, approximately 11 miles east of Downtown Buffalo, and is the busiest airport in Upstate New York. Owned and operated by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, this public airport is elevated at 728 feet or 22 metres above mean sea level, and operates with two asphalt runways, designated 5/23 and 14/32.
Due to its proximity to Canada, Buffalo-Niagara Falls International Airport also serves Southern Ontario in Canada, making it easier for the residents of the Golden Horseshoe region to travel to U.S. destinations. The Greater Toronto Area prefers to use this airport, as Canadian airports generally have higher airfares when flying to U.S. destinations due to additional customs and immigration surcharges for international flights.
What to see & do
The Buffalo-Niagara Falls metropolitan area in the western part of the U.S. state of New York consists of the cities of Buffalo, Lackawanna, Lockport, Niagara Falls, North Tonawanda, Olean, and Tonawanda. The largest city in the area is Buffalo, the county seat of Erie. When visiting Buffalo, you will notice notable establishments that represent great American architecture that date back to the 19th and 20th centuries. More or less 80 of these structures are under the National Register of Historic Places. Among them is the largest intact parks system in the United States, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. The parks system includes more than 20 parks, with many parks accessible from any part of Buffalo. Another landmark is the Guaranty Building, a National Historic Landmark and was among the first steel-supported, curtain-walled buildings in the world. As one of the first true skyscrapers in the world, the Guaranty Building also used to be the tallest building in Buffalo. Other remarkable points of interest in the city also include the Edward M. Cotter fireboat (the oldest active fireboat in the world), Buffalo and Erie Botanical Gardens, Buffalo Museum of Science, Buffalo Zoo, Anchor Bar, and Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park, among others.
How to get around within Buffalo
Travelling around the commercial areas of Buffalo and the Buffalo-Niagara Falls metropolitan area is easy by public transportation, operated by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. The Metro Rail is a single-lain light rail system extending along Main Street southward to Erie Canal Harbor in downtown Buffalo. There is also the bus network that focuses on three main nodes: downtown Buffalo, University Station, and Portage Road Transit Center in Niagara Falls. Taxis are also common in Buffalo, although they can only be hailed at the airport, the Metropolitan Transportation Center, the Chippewa Street entertainment district, downtown hotels, the Elmwood strip, and near the colleges and universities in the city. Moreover, there are also many scenic bike routes in Buffalo, which can be pleasant during the summer.
If going to the suburbs, it is better to just rent a car since public transportation to these areas can be severely infrequent, especially during the weekends. Buffalo is served by the Kensington Expressway, the Scajaquada Expressway, and the Buffalo Skyway.
How to get there
Buffalo Niagara International Airport serves an average of a hundred flights per day, with nonstop flights to and from 21 cities across the continental United States, such as Chicago, New York City, Atlanta, Baltimore, Orlando, Charlotte, Boston, and Detroit. The airport is served by the airlines American Eagle, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Sunwing Airlines, United Airlines, United Express, US Airways operated by American Airlines, US Airways Express, and Wiggins Airways.
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