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Niagara Falls International Airport Has Record 2015 Feb. 2, 2016
Airport Sets Record for Second Consecutive Year
233,302 Passengers Use NFIA in 2015

Niagara Falls, NY . . .

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that for the second consecutive year the Niagara Falls International Airport set an enplanement record for outbound passengers for a one year period.

For the second time in its 88 year history, the NFIA surpassed 100,000 enplanements in one calendar year. 2015 saw the enplanement number rise to 118,154, an increase of 12.24 percent over 2014, which was a record year. In total, 233,302 (outbound & inbound) passengers utilized the NFIA during 2015.

Kimberley A. Minkel NFTA executive director said, "The continued growth at the Niagara Falls International Airport is indeed gratifying. To have record passenger totals for a second year in a row is very optimistic and bodes well for the future growth potential of this airport."

The airport continues to be a big draw with Canadians, who regularly account for 79 percent of its customer total.

The airport is served by Spirit and Allegiant airlines carrying passengers to warm weather destinations via seasonal flights. In 2015, Allegiant carried 69,590 outbound passengers to Orlando/Sanford, Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg and Punta Gorda/Fort Myers, while Spirit carried 48,564 passengers to Fort Lauderdale and Myrtle Beach.

Flight and specific airline and airport information can be found online at niagarafallsairport.com.

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Niagara Falls, NY . . .

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that the Niagara Falls International Airport will welcome its one millionth passenger into the terminal this morning.

The passenger arriving via Allegiant from Sanford, FL will be chosen by William R. Vanecek, NFTA Director of Aviation at random, to symbolize the airport's one millionth passenger who has passed through its doors since the first flight departed the new terminal Dec. 18, 2009.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA Executive Director said, "The NFTA made a $42.5 million investment in 2008 to construct a new state-of-the-art terminal that would be efficient, user-friendly and ready to meet the sophisticated needs of 21st century aviation. It has become an engine for growth and development with a yearly economic impact of $200 million."

To celebrate the occasion, the lucky passenger will receive two round trip tickets courtesy of Allegiant for a future flight, travel luggage from the airport, an NFTA proclamation to commemorate the event, a gift basket complements of the Niagara Tourist & Convention Corp. including a one night's stay at The Giacomo Hotel, $50 gift Hard Rock Cafe certificate, a bottle of wine from the Flight of Five Winery, a gift certificate to Encounter Niagara, tasty treats from DiCamillo's Bakery and a matted photograph print of Niagara Falls, USA.

William R. Vanecek, NFTA Director of Aviation said, "The airport continues to mature and has become a valued regional asset as a direct result of our dedicated workforce that keeps the airport running professionally and efficiently. Further, by working closely with our airline partners we continually discuss opportunities to add flights and new destinations for our customers."

In 2014 the NFIA surpassed the 100,000 enplanement mark for the first time and ultimately set a record with 105,273 passengers departing the facility. In total, 207,597 (outbound & inbound) passengers utilized the NFIA during 2014. This year the airport is on target to surpass the 2014 total having already served 87,571 departing passengers through August, a 17.5 percent increase year-to-date.

Allegiant and Spirit operate from the airport with service to warm weather destinations. Allegiant travels to Fort Lauderdale and Myrtle Beach, while Spirit connects to Orlando/Sanford, Punta Gorda/ Fort Myers and Tampa/St. Petersburg.

The airport's four-gate facility provides for efficient, customer oriented passenger processing, a two level layout with jet bridge boarding, free Wi-Fi, food and beverage concessions, convenient on-site parking, a federal inspection station, in-line baggage screening, 12 stationary ticket counter stations, an ATM, tourist information counter, car rental and a Metro transit center, for convenient access to public transportation.

Flight and specific airline and airport information can be found online at niagarafallsairport.com.

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Niagara Falls, NY . . .

Niagara Falls International Airport to Host Public Workshop
Sustainable Master Plan Update to be Presented

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is inviting residents from local communities to attend the second and final public workshop to review details of the Niagara Falls International Airport Sustainable Master Plan, Tuesday, April 14.

The informational workshop will be held in the Niagara Falls International Airport, 2035 Niagara Falls Blvd., from 6-8 p.m. A brief presentation detailing the highlights and key components of the Master Plan planning process will begin at 6:30 p.m. Free parking will be available in the general passenger lots for those attending the meeting. Refreshments will be served.

William R. Vanecek, NFTA Director of Aviation said, "We welcome the opportunity to work with the Niagara community to help craft a Master Plan that ensures the airport will continue to increase its positive economic impact for the region, while simultaneously creating a positive experience for all users of the facility."

McFarland Johnson, the NFIA Master Plan consultants, along with representatives from the NFTA will be present to host the interactive workshop and discuss the draft findings to date.

This interactive workshop will provide an opportunity for interested citizens from neighboring communities to learn about potential future development at the airport. Materials for the 20-year planning horizon will include an overview of existing facilities, forecasts of aviation activity, facility requirements, environmental findings, development alternatives and a recommended plan.

For additional information contact Mark Clark, NFTA Sr. Aviation Planner at 630-6133, via email at mark_clark@nfta.com or go online to niagarafallsairport.com and click on the About the Airport tab at the top of the page.

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Niagara Falls, NY . . .

Niagara Falls International Airport Has Record 2014
Surpasses 100,000 Enplanements for the First Time

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that the Niagara Falls International Airport serviced a record number of passengers in 2014.

For the first time in its 87 year history, the NFIA surpassed 100,000 enplanements in one calendar year. 2014 saw the enplanement number rise to 105,273, an increase of 8.14 percent over 2013. In total, 207,597 (outbound & inbound) passengers utilized the NFIA during the year.

Kimberley A. Minkel NFTA executive director said, "These record passenger totals are very gratifying. We are optimistic and excited about the future growth potential of this airport as we embark into a new year."

The airport continues to be a big draw for Canadians, who regularly account for 88 percent of its customer total.

The airport is served by Spirit and Allegiant airlines carrying passengers to warm weather destinations via seasonal flights. In 2014, Allegiant carried 55,383 outbound passengers to Orlando/Sanford, Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg and Punta Gorda/Fort Myers, while Spirit carried 49,890 passengers to Fort Lauderdale and Myrtle Beach.

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Niagara Falls, NY . . .

Niagara Falls International Airport to Host Public Workshop

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is inviting residents from local communities to attend the second and final public workshop to review details of the Niagara Falls International Airport Sustainable Master Plan, Tuesday, April 14.

The informational workshop will be held in the Niagara Falls International Airport, 2035 Niagara Falls Blvd., from 6-8 p.m. A brief presentation detailing the highlights and key components of the Master Plan planning process will begin at 6:30 p.m. Free parking will be available in the general passenger lots for those attending the meeting. Refreshments will be served.

William R. Vanecek, NFTA Director of Aviation said, "We welcome the opportunity to work with the Niagara community to help craft a Master Plan that ensures the airport will continue to increase its positive economic impact for the region, while simultaneously creating a positive experience for all users of the facility."

McFarland Johnson, the NFIA Master Plan consultants, along with representatives from the NFTA will be present to host the interactive workshop and discuss the draft findings to date.

This interactive workshop will provide an opportunity for interested citizens from neighboring communities to learn about potential future development at the airport. Materials for the 20-year planning horizon will include an overview of existing facilities, forecasts of aviation activity, facility requirements, environmental findings, development alternatives and a recommended plan.

For additional information contact Mark Clark, NFTA Sr. Aviation Planner at 630-6133, via email at mark_clark@nfta.com or go online to niagarafallsairport.com and click on the About the Airport tab at the top of the page.

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Niagara Falls, NY . . .

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is inviting residents from local communities to attend the first public workshop to review details of the Niagara Falls International Airport Sustainable Master Plan, Wednesday, June 4.

The informational workshop will be held in the Niagara Falls International Airport, 2035 Niagara Falls Blvd., on the lower level from 6-8 p.m. Free parking will be available in the general passenger lots for those attending the meeting. Refreshments will be served.

William R. Vanecek, NFTA Director of Aviation said, ÒWe welcome the opportunity to work with the Niagara community to help craft a Master Plan that ensures the airport will increase its positive economic impact for the region, while simultaneously creating a positive experience for all users of the facility.

McFarland Johnson, the NFIA Master Plan consultants, along with representatives from the NFTA will be present to host the interactive workshop and discuss the draft findings to date.

This interactive workshop will provide an opportunity for interested citizens from neighboring communities to learn about and contribute feedback regarding potential future development at the airport. Materials for the 20-year planning horizon will include an overview of existing facilities, forecasts of aviation activity, facility requirements and environmental findings.

This will be the first of two public workshops associated with this project. A second session will occur in the fall of this year.

For additional information contact Mark Clark, NFTA Sr. Aviation Planner at 630-6133, via email at mark_clark@nfta.com, or go online to niagarafallsairport.com

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Niagara Falls, NY . . .

Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT), today announces low-cost, nonstop travel between Niagara Falls, N.Y., and the Tampa Bay, Fla., area via the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport beginning Dec. 15, 2011. The company, known for its exceptional travel deals, is offering its customers fares between the two cities for as low as $79.99* one-way.

“We are pleased to bring an affordable and convenient way for the Niagara and southern Ontario areas to travel to Tampa Bay,” Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant Travel Company President, said. “We are confident the Niagara Falls community will appreciate the value of flying nonstop to the Tampa Bay area and the great deals we offer on hotels and car rentals.”

“We are extremely pleased that Allegiant will be serving the Niagara and southern Ontario regions from the Niagara Falls International Airport with service to Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla.,” Henry M. Sloma, NFTA acting chairman said. “I'm confident this new Florida destination will be very popular with our customers and they will also find favor with Allegiant's low fares and efficient service.”

"We are very excited about the addition of non-stop service to the Niagara Falls International Airport. The Niagara Falls & Buffalo Airports are gateways for many Canadians to fly to the US and for Americans to visit the scenic Niagara Falls region. With this addition, Allegiant will now offer non-stop low-fare service to 23 destinations to/from our Airport.” said Noah Lagos, A.A.E., Airport Director of the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport.

The new flights will operate twice weekly between Niagara Falls International Airport (IAG) and St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE), with service Thursday and Sunday. Flights will depart Niagara Falls at 6:00 p.m. arriving in the Tampa Bay area at 8:35 p.m. Flights leaving the Tampa Bay area will depart at 2:30 p.m. arriving in Niagara Falls at 5:20 p.m. (all flight times are local). The carrier will utilize a full-size, 150-seat MD-80 jet aircraft on the route. This will serve as the first flight for Allegiant from the Niagara Falls International Airport.

With an average 361 days of sunshine each year, the St. Petersburg-Clearwater area is considered the most popular vacation destination on Florida's West Coast. The area was named among the top beaches in the United States and is one of a few destinations to have received the “Blue Wave Award” from the Clean Beaches Council. In addition to pristine beaches, visitors are within minutes of shopping, amazing golf courses and award-winning resort and dining experiences.

Allegiant is more than an airline, it is a full-service travel company that offers great value to its customers through its hotel and car rental packages. The company partners with 20 of the Tampa Bay area's most exciting hotel properties, including: Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, Barefoot Beach Resort, Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort, Sheraton Sand Key Resort, Alden Beach Resort, Don CeSar Beach Resort and Sirata Beach Resort & Conference Center. Allegiant provides low-cost car rental service through its partnership with Alamo Rent a Car.

Allegiant's $79.99* one-way introductory fare is limited, must be purchased by Oct. 20, 2011, and is valid for travel between Dec. 15, 2011, and Feb. 14, 2012. Introductory fares are not available on all flights.

Reservations can be made on the airline's website at www.allegiant.com or by calling the company's travel experts at 702-505-8888. Allegiant guarantees the lowest price on air and hotel vacation packages through the company's Low-Price Pledge. If the customer finds an air and hotel package for less, Allegiant will credit the difference for use on a future booking. Allegiant is also rewarding customers who book an air and hotel package through the company with an instant $20 savings on roundtrip airfare, making it even more affordable to book an air and hotel package.

About the $79.99* one-way fare: Seats are limited. Fares are one-way and not available on all flights. Must be purchased by Oct. 10, 2011, for travel by Feb. 14, 2012. Offer not available Dec. 24, 2011--Jan. 4, 2012. Prices do not include PFC, segment tax or Sept. 11th security fee of up to $10.70 per segment. A segment is one take-off and one landing. A fee of $14.99 per segment, will apply when purchased through Allegiant call centers. For ticket counter hours of operation, please visit www.allegiant.com. When purchased at the time of booking, a checked bag fee of up to $19.99 per bag will apply per person, per segment. If purchased at flight check-in, a fee of $35 per checked bag, per person, per segment will apply for the first two bags checked. Additional higher fees will apply for three or more checked bags. Fare rules, routes and schedules are subject to change without notice. Restrictions apply. $20 savings based on a two-night, air+hotel purchase; valid at select Allegiant hotels.

Allegiant, travel is our deal. Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ: ALGT), is focused on linking travelers in small cities to world-class leisure destinations such as Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix-Mesa, Orlando, Fla., and Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla. Through its subsidiary, Allegiant Air, the company operates a low-cost, high-efficiency, all-jet passenger airline offering air travel both on a stand-alone basis and bundled with hotel rooms, rental cars and other travel-related services. In 2010, Allegiant was ranked number one for low-cost carriers in Aviation Week's Top Performing Airline study and ranked 25 on FORTUNE magazine's Fastest-Growing Companies list. Receive breaking news from Allegiant by visiting Allegiant's Facebook Fan Page at www.facebook.com/Allegiant or follow Allegiant on Twitter at twitter.com/allegiantair.

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Niagara Falls, NY - The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, operator of the Niagara Falls International Airport, announced today that the airport has opened a cell phone lot to assist people waiting to pick up inbound passengers.

The lot is located just south of the entrance to the main lot in front of the new terminal. It provides free parking where people can wait in their vehicle until they receive a call on their cell phone informing them their passengers are ready to be picked up in front of the terminal.

Niagara Falls, NY - Direct Air, an air service with corporate headquarters located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina announced today it has added two new Caribbean destinations flying from Niagara Falls International Airport. Beginning November 17th, 2011, three NON STOP flights per week departing and returning on Friday, Saturday, and Monday will begin to San Juan, Puerto Rico and Nassau, Bahamas.

Director-General of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism David L. Johnson said “As we seek to develop secondary USA markets to The Islands of The Bahamas, we welcome the opportunity to work with a niche carrier like Direct Air and look forward to building year round services from these new markets to Nassau/ Paradise Island."

Kay Ellison, Managing Partner of Direct Air said “This marks Direct Air's fourth year of service from Niagara Falls International Airport. The Niagara Falls-Buffalo-Toronto area has been incredibly receptive towards Direct Air's flight program from the beginning, and we have always sought strategic opportunities to expand our presence here to new markets. We believe that offering customers in this area new nonstop flight service and low fares to the Bahamas and Puerto Rico will help further establish us as the region's carrier of choice.”

Judy Tull, CEO of Direct Air said “Direct Air has built a strong niche service developing underserved markets offering convenient service via smaller, secondary airports as an alternative to high fares and lengthy travel times at big airports. Niagara Falls International Airport is situated just ten minutes from the US/Canadian border, and only a half-hour from Buffalo. This incredible location has benefited thousands of customers in both the US and Canada, and we look forward to strengthening our partnership with Niagara Falls International Airport and the surrounding community.”

Direct Air President, Ed Warneck states “The partners of Direct Air all agree that we have been and will continue to be a vital presence in the Niagara Falls area. Since 2007, Direct Air has flown over 200,000 passengers from Niagara Falls. Flights to date have averaged a load factor of 85% to and from Niagara Falls, and that number continues to increase. It is Direct Air's goal to grow the Niagara Falls market through increased frequency and adding new destinations as we have done in our other markets.”

Direct Air has been offering non-stop and direct jet flight service since 2007. The company is pleased to add Nassau and San Juan to its current markets: Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Pittsburgh, Pa. ; Newark, N.J.; Lakeland, Fla.; Hagerstown, Md.; Columbus, Oh.; Plattsburgh, N.Y.; Toledo, Oh.; Kalamazoo, Mich.; Worcester, Mass.; Allentown, Pa.; Rockford, Ill.; Springfield, Ill.; Melbourne, Fla.; Orlando-Sanford, Fla.; Punta Gorda, Fla., and West Palm Beach, Fla. All Direct Air flights are public charters operated on Boeing 737-400, 150 passenger jet aircraft by Sky King Airlines featuring 12 First Class and 138 coach leather seating, and on Boeing 737-800 series jet aircraft. Direct Air is very excited to be flying its one-millionth passenger in 2011.

As part of the opening celebration, Direct Air is offering passengers flying to Nassau and San Juan a special promotional fare of “$99 for 99 Hours”. However, certain black-out days may apply. This promotion begins with the press conference on April 7th and will end Monday, April 11th at midnight Eastern time. Reservations can be booked at www.visitdirectair.com or by calling Direct Air's Reservations Department at 1-877-432-3473.

Airfares are one-way, subject to availability and subject to change. Fares do include Federal Excise Tax of 7.5%. Fares do not include Federal Flight Segment Tax of $3.70, September 11th Security Fee of $2.50, and Passenger Facility Charges of up to $4.50 per person per direction of travel. Passenger usage fee $13.00 each way, APHIS fee $5.00, Immigration user fee $7.00, U.S. departure tax $16.30 each way, BS passenger processing $6.00, BS departure tax $20.00, BS Airport facility fee $20.00, Bahamas security charge $21.50. A convenience fee of $15 per direction will be assessed for customers who book at visitdirectair.com or via the call center. Reservations booked by calling Direct Air's Reservations department will cost an additional $20 per person each way, reflecting Convenience fee and $5.00 call center fee. Puerto Rico and Bahamas Flights may include arrival in the US inspection fees up to $17.50, Passenger Facility Charges (PFC) up to $18.00 per round trip passenger in local airport charges, and other government taxes and fees(including U.S. government excise tax) of up to $100.00 per round trip. Additional taxes, fees, and airport charges may apply up to 22% of the fare value per country. See Operator-Participant Agreement for full disclosure.

Niagara Falls, NY – Direct Air, an air service with corporate headquarters located in Myrtle Beach, SC, announced today it will add another new destination from Niagara Falls International Airport by providing nonstop jet service to the Orlando West and Tampa region of Florida beginning June 24, 2011.

As part of the opening celebration, Direct Air is offering passengers flying between these new markets a special introductory fare of “$79 for 79 Hours.” This promotion begins with the press conference on Wednesday, March 30 and will end Saturday, April 2 at midnight. Direct Air will begin with three flights per week, Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays, beginning June 24. Reservations can be booked at www.visitdirectair.com or by calling Direct Air’s reservations department at 1-877-432-3473.

Stan Rydelek, Sales Director of Direct Air said, “We are excited to be expanding our presence in Central Florida with the introduction of Lakeland Regional Airport. We are very excited with this addition to the currently served cities of Myrtle Beach, Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda, Melbourne, and West Palm Beach.”

Henry M. Sloma, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s acting chairman said, “We are extremely pleased that Direct Air is expanding its reach with new service to Lakeland, Florida.”

Judy Tull, CEO of Direct Air said, “Direct Air has built a strong niche service developing underserved markets offering convenient service via smaller, secondary airports as an alternative to high fares and lengthy travel times at big airports.”

Ed Warneck, President of Direct Air believes the Lakeland Region will be attractive to travelers because of its strategic location situated between Orlando and Tampa / St. Petersburg on Florida’s west coast. Passengers will find it as convenient and an economical alternative to the busy and stressful larger airports in Orlando and Tampa. The quick convenient one and a half hour flight will allow more time to enjoy their vacation.”

Direct Air has been offering non-stop and direct jet flight service since 2007. The company is pleased to add Lakeland, FL, and Hagerstown, MD to its current markets: Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Newark, N.J.; Niagara Falls, N.Y.; Columbus, Oh.; Plattsburgh, N.Y.; Toledo, Oh.; Kalamazoo, Mich.; Worcester, Mass.; Allentown, Pa.; Rockford, Ill.; Springfield, Ill.; Melbourne, Fla.; Orlando-Sanford, Fla.; Punta Gorda, Fla., and West Palm Beach, Fla. All Direct Air flights are public charters operated on Boeing 737-400, 150 passenger jet aircraft by Sky King Airlines featuring 12 First Class and 138 coach leather seating. Direct Air is excited to be flying its one-millionth passenger in 2011.

Airfares are one-way beginning at $99 each way and increase in increments based on availability. First Class seats are available for a $100 upgrade each way. Seat assignments in advance require a $10 purchase per person. There is an additional charge for baggage and surcharges may apply for excess/overweight-checked baggage. A convenience fee of $15 each way will be accessed. Air fares do not include Federal Segment Fee of $3.50 per segment (A segment is defined as one take off and one landing), Passenger Facility Charges (PFC) up to $4.50 and September 11 Security Fee of $3.70 per departure.

Contact: Direct Air Media Relations Kelsey Dunn kdunn@myrtlebeachdirectair.com (843) 916-9700

SUWANEE, GA. – NOV. 12, 2010 – Vision Airlines announces the launch of its low-fare, non-stop air service between Niagara Falls International Airport (IAG) and Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VPS) and one-stop service to Miami International Airport (MIA) beginning Dec. 17, 2010, with rates starting at $79 each way.

Vision Airlines will operate twice a week flights, using a Boeing 737 aircraft, allowing travelers to experience outstanding destinations the minute they step off the plane. Encompassing the southern sea towns of Destin • Fort Walton Beach • Okaloosa Island, Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast has something for everyone, from basking on 24 miles of shockingly-white shoreline and teeing off on more than 1,080 challenging holes, to casting lines in the fish-filled waters of the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” and watching dolphins dance at the state’s oldest marine, Florida’s Gulfarium. Just a short 85-minute flight further south, travelers escape to sundrenched Miami, a global mecca for dining, entertainment, nightlife and shopping. Situated along the Atlantic Ocean, Miami is known for its year-round festivals, theatrical performances, historical sites and warm, tropical weather for enjoying its sun-swept beaches.

“Vision Airlines is excited to offer this new, low-cost air service to the Niagara Falls community and surrounding areas,” said David Meers, senior vice president for Vision Airlines. “It is our desire to continue to grow our service and route structure and offer tremendous value to leisure travelers.”

Flight Schedule: Effective Dec. 17, 2010
Starting at $79/each way
Weekly Flights Friday and Sunday

“We are extremely pleased that Vision Airlines will be serving the Niagara, Buffalo and southern Ontario regions from the Niagara Falls International Airport,” said Henry M. Sloma, acting chairman of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. “The Florida market is a very popular destination with our customer base and I’m confident they will find favor with Vision Airlines’ low fares and efficient service.”

Vision Airlines – headquartered in Suwanee, Ga. – began operations in 1994. Today it operates a mixed fleet of aircraft including Boeing 767’s, Boeing 737’s, and Dornier 328’s, and has provided leisure and business travelers with low-fare options for the past 12 years. Although it is undergoing expansion, the airline currently serves a number of cities and operates out of three hubs: North Las Vegas Airport, Gulfport Biloxi International Airport and Miami International Airport.

For more information about Vision Airlines, please visit www.visionairlines.com or call 1-877- FLY-A-JET. ###

SUWANEE, GA. – NOV. 12, 2010 – Vision Airlines announces the launch of its low-fare, non-stop air service between Niagara Falls International Airport (IAG) and Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VPS) and one-stop service to Miami International Airport (MIA) beginning Dec. 17, 2010, with rates starting at $79 each way.

Vision Airlines will operate twice a week flights, using a Boeing 737 aircraft, allowing travelers to experience outstanding destinations the minute they step off the plane. Encompassing the southern sea towns of Destin • Fort Walton Beach • Okaloosa Island, Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast has something for everyone, from basking on 24 miles of shockingly-white shoreline and teeing off on more than 1,080 challenging holes, to casting lines in the fish-filled waters of the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” and watching dolphins dance at the state’s oldest marine, Florida’s Gulfarium. Just a short 85-minute flight further south, travelers escape to sundrenched Miami, a global mecca for dining, entertainment, nightlife and shopping. Situated along the Atlantic Ocean, Miami is known for its year-round festivals, theatrical performances, historical sites and warm, tropical weather for enjoying its sun-swept beaches.

“Vision Airlines is excited to offer this new, low-cost air service to the Niagara Falls community and surrounding areas,” said David Meers, senior vice president for Vision Airlines. “It is our desire to continue to grow our service and route structure and offer tremendous value to leisure travelers.”

Flight Schedule: Effective Dec. 17, 2010
Starting at $79/each way
Weekly Flights Friday and Sunday

“We are extremely pleased that Vision Airlines will be serving the Niagara, Buffalo and southern Ontario regions from the Niagara Falls International Airport,” said Henry M. Sloma, acting chairman of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. “The Florida market is a very popular destination with our customer base and I’m confident they will find favor with Vision Airlines’ low fares and efficient service.”

Vision Airlines – headquartered in Suwanee, Ga. – began operations in 1994. Today it operates a mixed fleet of aircraft including Boeing 767’s, Boeing 737’s, and Dornier 328’s, and has provided leisure and business travelers with low-fare options for the past 12 years. Although it is undergoing expansion, the airline currently serves a number of cities and operates out of three hubs: North Las Vegas Airport, Gulfport Biloxi International Airport and Miami International Airport.

For more information about Vision Airlines, please visit www.visionairlines.com or call 1-877- FLY-A-JET. ###

Buffalo, NY . . . Good News for those traveling in and out of Niagara Falls, NY. The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that the inaugural flight from its new $31.5 million terminal at the Niagara Falls International Airport will take place today, Friday, Dec. 18.

History will be made today when Direct Air's MD-83 aircraft operated by Falcon Air departs the new terminal at 6:15 pm destined for Punta Gorda/Ft. Myers, Fla. with all 155 seats occupied. The first flight to Myrtle Beach, SC departs shortly thereafter at 6:30 p.m. on a USA Jet DC-9.

Henry M. Sloma, NFTA acting chairman said, "This is truly a memorable day for the Niagara community, the airport, and Direct Air. Today's initial flight signifies the beginning of a bright future for the terminal and provides a gateway landmark in which we can all take great pride."

"We are confident the new facility will enhance the exceptional service we provide to the thousands of passengers from the U.S. and Canada to Myrtle Beach, Ft Myers / Punta Gorda, and soon to be ... Melbourne, Fla.," said Direct Air Managing Partner Ed Warneck. "We look forward to strengthening our relationship with the Niagara community as well as increasing frequency and additional destinations to and from the Niagara Falls International Airport."

"The new facility conveniences and state of the art processing will greatly appeal to our passengers," said Judy Tull, Direct Air Managing Partner. "We are extremely pleased to have played a vital role and influence in the development and launch of the new Niagara Falls International Airport."

The airport's two-gate facility provides for efficient, customer oriented passenger processing, curbside check-in, a two level layout for jet bridge boarding, free Wi-Fi, food and beverage concessions, convenient free on-site parking, a federal inspection station, in-line baggage screening, eight stationary ticket counter stations, ATM, tourist information counter, car rental and a Metro transit center, for convenient access to public transportation.

The NFIA is now capable of simultaneously processing international and domestic flights and fully accommodating 747 and 757 aircraft. The innovative, and scalable, split-level holdrooms provide all passengers with an outstanding level of customer service regardless of aircraft size.

To help celebrate this special occasion, 23 dignitaries and media staff from Myrtle Beach traveled on the last flight to the old terminal in Niagara Falls. A special luncheon hosted by NFIA welcomed the invited guests.

"Direct Air is taking advantage of this opportunity to introduce the communities to each other and follow up with strategic marketing summits designed to share ideas and opportunities to help grow their markets," Warneck said. "The same group from Myrtle Beach will take a quick jaunt to see the magnificent Falls, before boarding the first flight to Myrtle Beach."

Direct Air commenced service at the NFIA in March 2007 with nonstop service to Myrtle Beach. During the past two and a half years, featuring low fare nonstop service to Myrtle Beach and Florida, the airline has attracted over 90,000 passengers to the Niagara Falls terminal, a large percentage coming from Canada, who are attracted by low fares, an easy access airport and savings with international fees for Canadian travelers.

Direct Air presently operates flights Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday to Punta Gorda/Ft. Myers and increases to daily service except Tuesdays beginning February 2010.

Managing Partner, Judy Tull said, "Our marketing budget has limited our growth to Myrtle Beach, however, our goal for 2010 is encouraging the communities to help find marketing funds to allow us to increase to daily frequency. We know the audience is there, we simply need to reach them through targeted advertising." Complete information regarding Myrtle Beach flights can be found at www.visitdirectair.com.

Beginning Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, Direct Air will add a new route and begin twice weekly flights from the NFIA to Melbourne International Airport and then continue on to Port Charlotte Airport in Punta Gorda/Ft Myers. These flights will operate on Falcon Air MD-83, 155 passenger aircraft configured with 12 first class and 143 coach seating.

Staring Sunday, Dec. 27, Metro buses will begin serving the terminal's transit center with daily bus service via Routes 55 and 56, in addition to Monday through Friday coverage via MetroLink Route 200. Metro bus routes, maps and additional information can be found at www.nfta.com/metro.

Direct Air keeps promise with addition of non stop, low fare service to Melbourne
Service between Niagara Falls, and Melbourne, Florida strengthens leisure appeal with cruice and popular theme park opportunities

NIAGARA FALLS, NY

Last week, Ed Warneck , President and Managing Partner of Direct Air, attended and spoke at the tourism summit put together by NY Sate Senator George Maziarz whose hope is to find ways to attract more service through their new terminal. As promised by Warneck during the summit, Direct Air today announced at a press conference in Melbourne, Florida the start of new air service from Melbourne Regional Airport to Dulles Airport (Washington DC) and Melbourne to Niagara Falls International Airport (Niagara Falls, NY).

Beginning February 4th, Direct Air will add the new route and begin twice a week flights to Niagara Falls International Airport to Melbourne International Airport and then continue onto Port Charlotte Airport in Punta Gorda/Ft Myers. These flights will operate on Falcon Air MD83, 150 passenger aircraft configured with 12 first class and 143 coach seating. In addition non-stop flights from Niagara Falls International will continue no less than two additional days based on seasonality.

Today’s announcement is good news for the Niagara Falls airport and the region,” said Warneck of Direct Air. “We are committed and focused to work together with the communities to promote the airports in a manner that maximizes its future potential to generate economic growth and opportunity.”

Direct Air plans are synonymous with Niagara Falls Transit Authority to reverse market from the destinations serviced by Direct Air to Niagara Falls. Their goal is to increase traffic and economic impact to Niagara Falls community. Travelers on Direct Air from Melbourne will soon be able to visit the nearby destinations of Niagara Falls, NY including Niagara, Buffalo, Rochester, Ontario, Toronto and other Canadian destinations. This opportunity will soon be enhanced with the introduction of quality vacation packages in both directions by Direct Air.

Direct Air Managing Partner, Kay Ellison said, “We already have a strong Canadian passenger base.” “The opening of an east coast Florida market will only attract and appeal to more passengers who are interested in ‘fly and cruise vacations’ and the already popular family vacations that include visiting the renowned theme parks of Disney, Universal Studios, Busch Gardens, Sea World and others.” Although an announcement of vacation packages is not yet been determined, Direct Air partners are confident the package program will occur in the first half of 2010.

Bill Vanecek, NFTA Director of Aviation said, “We are excited with Direct Air’s announcement and continued commitment to expand service, especially at a time many aviation businesses are reducing service and parking aircraft.” “With this addition, more flights will bring more revenue and opportunities that will mutually benefit the destinations, Direct Air, and our community.”

“Direct Air has built a strong niche service in developing secondary airports,” said Judy Tull, CEO / Managing Partner of Direct Air. “We’re confident that we can we can build popular flights from Melbourne Regional Airport with our service featuring direct flights, nonstop service, low fares and convenient departure times.”

“Our business model is built around taking the stress out of flying,” said Bob Keilman, Direct Air CFO. “Direct Air flights reduce travel time and eliminate connections with long layover delays.”

“When you add the benefits of convenience and easy pass through terminals offered by the secondary airports we choose to fly between, it easy to see why our business continues to grow and appeal to communities like Melbourne and Niagara Falls.” Keilman went on to say, “The partners of Direct Air this as a good fit and are anxious to grow business, employment, and economic benefits to the region.”

Direct Air currently provides non-stop service between Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Columbus, OH; Newark, N.J., Niagara Falls, N.Y., Plattsburgh, N.Y., Pittsburgh, PA, Springfield, IL, and Worcester, MA. Additional cities are being considered for early 2010. Direct Air also provides non-stop service to Punta Gorda and Sanford, Florida from Allentown, PA, Chicago/Rockford, Kalamazoo, MI, Toledo, OH, Worcester/Boston, MA, Nigara Falls, NY/Toronto, Plattsburgh, NY/Montreal and Myrtle Beach. Direct Air and has carried more than 500,000 passengers since the start of operations in March 2007. The company will begin offering airfares to Melbourne beginning at $99 each way. Direct Air plans to offer special introductory rates to all who register online a Direct Air newsletter announcing special events and sales. Tickets can be purchased by going to www.visitdirectair.com or by calling 1-877-432-DIRECT (3473). The Direct Air Corporate Headquarter is located at 1600 Oak St., Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29577.

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority dedicated its state-of-the-art $31.5 million passenger terminal today. It is the major component of an overall $42.5 million NFIA Airport Improvement Project that includes $11 million in apron and landside improvements. At 69,430 square-feet, it is efficient, user-friendly and ready to meet the sophisticated needs of 21st century aviation.

Henry M. Sloma, NFTA chairman said, “Airports are more than transportation facilities. They are gateways. They are a visitor’s first, and last, impression of a region. This new terminal makes such a great impression, it stands as a tribute to the people of this community. This is a landmark in which we can all take pride.”

The creative design of the new terminal reflects the grandeur of the Niagara region, and the wonder in its care. Functionally, the design adheres to guidelines established by the Federal Aviation Administration and International Air Transport Association. Further, the terminal incorporates ‘green design’ for the roof, windows and climate control systems, making it highly energy efficient and environmental friendly. Aesthetically, the roll of the Niagara rapids can be seen throughout the design. Flow – in terms of water, air and passengers – is the central theme.

Lawrence M. Meckler, NFTA executive director, said, “This airport is the culmination of hard work, leadership and foresight of individuals across the region. This terminal is designed for today’s traveling public and anticipates tomorrow’s. As the area continues to grow and prosper, so to will this airport.”

Support for the project came from a number of sources. State Senator George D. Maziarz, Assemblywoman Francine DelMonte, former Congressman Thomas M. Reynolds, the Niagara County Economic Development Fund, City of Niagara Falls, Niagara County, the National Fuel Gas Company, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Federal Transit Administration.

NFTA Commissioner and Aviation Committee chairman, Carmen A. Granto said, “Two things are driving economic development in Niagara County: Low cost power and this new airport.”

Thanks in large part to Direct Air, and charter flights, the Niagara Falls Airport generates an estimated $1.5 million economic impact for the region. The improvement project itself generated $120 million in economic activity and helped spur further development in the surrounding area. The airport’s two-gate facility provides for efficient, customer oriented passenger processing, curbside check-in, a two level layout for jet bridge boarding, free Wi-Fi, food and beverage concessions, a federal inspection station, in-line baggage screening, eight stationary ticket counter stations, car rental and a transit center, for convenient access to public transportation. Other amenities include access roads, on site parking, a circulatory road and walkways. The terminal is geared up for big planes and big loads of passengers.

The NFIA is now capable of simultaneously processing international and domestic flights, and fully accommodating 747 and 757 aircraft. The innovative, and scalable, split-level holdrooms provide all passengers with an outstanding level of customer service regardless of aircraft size. The new terminal was designed by Stantec Inc., whose portfolio includes airports in Vancouver, Edmonton, Chicago O’Hare and others. Construction of the terminal was the task of Walter S. Johnson Building Company, a local firm started in 1923. They count renovation of the Crown Plaza Hotel and the Seneca-Niagara Casino and Hotel as two of their most recent achievements.

“Creating this reality was a challenge taken up by the trades people of Western New York,” Sloma said. “The men and women who built this airport have outdone themselves. I hope each enjoys a moment in the future when they point to this terminal and tells a child or grandchild, I helped make that.”

The terminal’s dedication ceremony included the placement of a time capsule, an open house for the general public, a display of military and private vintage aircraft, and a fly-over by the Navy’s Blue Angels. The Niagara Military Affairs Council, who works on behalf of our local military troops from all service branches, lent support to the event. The Ira G. Ross Aerospace Museum arranged for aviation artifacts showcasing the foundation of aerospace history in Niagara Falls. In addition, essay contest winner Brittany Mezhir, a seventh-grader at Lew-Port Middle School, was honored for her Look into the Future of Aviation. Matthew Buerger, senior at Lewiston-Porter High School, was awarded a Space Camp scholarship by the NIMAC. Located within 500 miles of 55 percent of the U.S. population and 62 percent of Canada’s population – and just 15 minutes from the Falls itself – the Niagara Falls International Airport is indeed ready for take off.

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority will host an open house at the new, state-of-the-art $31.5 million passenger terminal Wednesday, Sept. 2 from 1 to 7 p.m. The whole community is invited to view the new facility first hand, including the customer-oriented passenger processing areas, a two level layout for jet bridge boarding and other advancements.

Military and private vintage aircraft will be on display. A fly-over by the Navy’s Blue Angels is scheduled for 5 p.m. Free parking is available at the terminal, or at The Summit on Williams Rd. Metro Bus will provide free roundtrip shuttles until 7:30 p.m.

The NFTA and Niagara Gazette are sponsoring an essay contest to celebrate the new Niagara Falls International Airport terminal, opening September 2. The last 50 years in aviation history has brought us everyday jet travel, men on the moon and robots and mars. What will the next 50 years bring? Tell us in a 100-150 word essay.

Essays will be judged in two categories: Ages 6-12 and 13-18. Submissions must be typed. All entries should be sent to the Niagara Gazette, 310 Niagara St., Niagara Falls, NY 14303. They must be received by July 15.

Chosen essays will be placed into a time capsule during the dedication of the new Niagara Falls terminal and opened in the summer of 2059. Winners will each receive a $100 United States savings bond and have their essay published in the Niagara Gazette’s commemorative publication.

Media Contact Information
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