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Coordinates: 43°06′26″N 078°56′46″W / 43.10722°N 78.94611°W / 43.10722; -78.94611

Niagara Falls International Airport
Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station
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Airport type Public / Military
Owner/Operator Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority
Location Niagara Falls, New York
Elevation AMSL 589 ft / 180 m
Direction Length Surface
ft m
6/24 5,189 1,582 Asphalt
10L/28R 9,829 2,996 Asphalt/Concrete
10R/28L 3,973 1,211 Asphalt
Statistics (2008)
Aircraft operations (2006) 42,512
Passengers 56,943 [1]
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[2]

Niagara Falls International Airport (IATA: IAGICAO: KIAGFAA LID: IAG) is a joint civil-military public-use airport located four miles (6 km) east of the central business district of Niagara Falls, in Niagara County, New York, United States.[2] Owned and operated by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, the airport shares its runways with the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.

Niagara Falls International handles airline services, general aviation and military aircraft of all sizes. A new terminal building was opened in 2009.



Niagara Falls International Airport was opened in 1928 as a city-owned municipal airport with four crushed-stone runways. During World War II, the United States Army Air Forces assumed control of the airport and upgraded its facilities to be used as an Army Air Force base. After the war, the base became a Reserve and National Guard installation, and then an Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard installation in 1947 following the establishment of the U.S. Air Force as independent service. Civilian aviation operations also resumed during the post-war period under a joint-use arrangement.


Military Facilities

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Today, the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station is home to the Air Force Reserve Command's 914th Airlift Wing (914 AW) flying the C-130 Hercules and the New York Air National Guard's 107th Air Refueling Wing (107 ARW) flying the KC-135 Stratotanker. Both wings are operationally gained by the Air Mobility Command (AMC). The main runway was extended to over 9,000 feet (2,743 m) in 1959 to handle larger military aircraft, and was extended again in 2003 to its current length of 9,829 feet (2,996 m). For all practical purposes, the facility is a small Air Force base.

Both the 914 AW and 107 ARW number in excess of 1,100 military personnel each (over 2,200 total): full-time Active Guard and Reserve (AGR) and Air Reserve Technicians (ART), as well as "traditional" part-time Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard personnel.

The New York Army National Guard also maintains an Army Aviation Support Facility at the station in support of operational Army flying units, both fixed-wing and rotary-wing.

The Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station was included in the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission recommendations issued by the Department of Defense on May 13, 2005. If the BRAC committee, the President, and Congress had approved all of the recommendations, it would have resulted in the closure of the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. However, due to a local grassroots campaign by families and associates of affected military personnel, coupled with a united political effort involving Republican and Democratic congressional representatives and other politicians including both US Senators from New York, the BRAC recommendation regarding this base was largely overturned and the base will remain open for the foreseeable future. Excluding several New York Air National Guard facilities that are "nominally" under "state control," the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station is the last major U.S. Air Force installation in the State of New York and the largest U.S. federal facility in the region.

Commercial Flight Operations

From 1980 to 1984, commercial airline service was available at the airport via Air Niagara, a post-Deregulation airline with service to Newark Airport. Empire Airlines also served the airport at one time, with service to Syracuse. Kiwi International briefly served the airport in 1998.

In March 2007, Direct Air began airline service to Myrtle Beach International Airport. In September 2009, a new terminal complex was completed to better service existing air service and is intended as an incentive to return scheduled regional and domestic passenger service to the airport.


Niagara Falls International Airport lies within Class D airspace and has an operating FAA control tower.

The airport covers an area of 1,067 acres (432 ha) which contains three paved runways:[2]

  • Runway 6/24: 5,189 x 150 ft (1,582 x 46 m), Surface: Asphalt
  • Runway 10L/28R: 9,829 x 150 ft (2,996 x 46 m), Surface: Asphalt/Concrete
  • Runway 10R/28L: 3,973 x 75 ft (1,211 x 23 m), Surface: Asphalt

Passenger terminal

On September 2, 2009, Niagara Falls International Airport dedicated its new two-story state-of-the-art 69,430-square-foot (6,450 m2) terminal with two gates. The terminal consists of one jetway and one ground-loading gate and accommodates aircraft ranging up to a Boeing 747 in size. The exterior is designed to reflect Niagara Falls' water flow. Total project cost was an estimated $42.5 million, $31.5 million for the terminal and $11 million for runway apron and landside improvements.[1][3]

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Virgin America operated by Direct Air Fort Myers/Punta Gorda, Myrtle Beach, Melbourne International Airport [begins February 4]

Traffic figures

Niagara Falls International received 56,943 passengers in 2008.[1] As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 660 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2005 and 1,409 unscheduled enplanements in 2006.[4]

For the 12-month period ending May 31, 2009, the airport had 38,325 aircraft operations, an average of 105 per day: 69% general aviation, 24% military, 5% air taxi and 2% scheduled commercial.[5]

According to the FAA's National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2007-2011, Niagara Falls International is classified as a general aviation airport.[6]

Nearby airports

0G0 - North Buffalo Suburban Airport (11 nm E)

KBUF - Buffalo Niagara International Airport (14 nm SE)

9G0 - Buffalo Airfield (18 nm SE)

9G3 - Akron Airport (21 nm E)

9G6 - Pine Hill Airport (30 nm E)

Source: AirNav

See also


  1. ^ a b c Takeoff set for new NF airport terminal
  2. ^ a b c FAA Airport Master Record for IAG (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2007-10-25
  3. ^ IAG New Terminal
  4. ^ FAA Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data: 2006
  5. ^ KIAG at
  6. ^ FAA National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems: 2007-2011

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