Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF)
History, Facts and Overview
(Buffalo, New York - NY, USA)
Originally known as the Buffalo Municipal Airport, the city's airport of today dates back as far as the mid-1920s, opening in 1926 after being constructed on farmland. However, the grounds soon appeared rather out of scale when compared to the increasing size of modern aircraft and in the fifties, a major renovation plan helped to rectify this problem.
However, by the seventies, further growth meant that it was necessary to build a further passenger building and in 1971, the new 'West Terminal' opened, only to be extended just five years later. By the 1990s, it was decided to build a third, ultra-modern terminal, which was completed in 1997 after expenditure of around £56 million, replacing the existing East and West buildings. These were demolished soon after.
There is one terminal at the airport and this building comes complete with cash machines located on both levels, a bureau de change booth at the Business Center, and both postal and lost property services. Buffalo Niagara Airport also features several shops and eateries throughout the terminal, such as Jake's Bistro, the Niagara Grill, the Freshens coffee shop, the Landmark Bar and Wings to Go.
Additional facilities at Buffalo airport include a full service hair salon, a shoeshine service, and office-style workstations, with desks, chairs and dataports. Also onsite is an appealing art gallery, showcasing ever-changing pieces from the Western New York Region.