Buffalo Airport inches closer to finishing $65M expansion

Western end of expansion project places final steel beam on structure

Mike Baggerman
July 01, 2020 - 12:00 pm
The Buffalo Airport has placed the final steel beam on the western end of its expansion project. July 1, 2020 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

The Buffalo Airport has placed the final steel beam on the western end of its expansion project. July 1, 2020 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - The Buffalo Niagara International Airport is inching closer towards finishing its $65 million expansion project.

The project, which began last May, held its traditional "topping off" ceremony. Once the project is complete by the Spring of 2022, it will double the airport's baggage claim capacity, lower congestion at the airport, improve terminal access, widen TSA checkpoints, and improve security.

"We can now start to see the skeleton of the project start to take shape," NFTA Executive Director Kim Minkel said. "Although these are challenging times for travel, we continue to advance this project so that when travel returns to normal, we will have added an additional 54,000 square feet of new space as well as renovating an additional 38,000 of existing space."

The eastern end of the complex held its topping off ceremony earlier this year and will finish its expansion by next summer. The western end is expected to be finished by next April.

"The existing system essentially will double in capacity with four new carousels," Minkel said. "The first one will be in operation early next year and then the various ones will be phased in. That way we don't impact any of the airport operations going forward."

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