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Niagara Falls International Airport
Niagara Falls International Airport - New York - 28 March 1995
Airport type Public / Military
Owner/Operator Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority
Location Town of Niagara, Niagara County, near 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 (2011)
Aircraft operations 29,816
Passengers 200,000
Sources: Federal Aviation Administration,[1] Reason Foundation[2]

Niagara Falls International Airport (IATA: IAG, ICAO: KIAG, FAA Location identifier: 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.[1] 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, Bell Aircraft established a large aircraft manufacturing plant next to the airport, where during the war it built over 10,000 P-39 Airacobra and P-63 Kingcobra fighter aircraft. Bell employed over 28,000 workers at the plant. After the war, the plant was the development site of the experimental Bell X-1 plane used by famed pilot Chuck Yeager to break the sound barrier in 1947. The United States Army Air Forces assumed jurisdiction of the airport during the war, with the 3522d Army Air Force Base Unit managing the airport and coordinating use of the airfield with Bell Aircraft. The airfield was improved with macadam runways, 4000x150(N/S), 4000x150(NE/SW), 4200x300(E/W), 4000x150(NW/SE), including many taxiways and other improvements to handle large numbers of aircraft. Air Technical Service Command also operated an Aircraft modification center at the airport where new aircraft were given various updates prior to their deployment to operational bases and overseas combat theaters.

Civilian aviation operations and jurisdiction of the airport was returned in early 1946, and a joint-use agreement was made with the United States Air Force for Air Force Reserve and New York Air National Guard use of a portion of the airport. 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 Airlift Wing (107 AW), which shares the 914th AW's C-130 aircraft. 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.

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. The service ended in March 2012.[3] 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.

In October 2010, Spirit Airlines announced service to Fort Lauderdale and Myrtle Beach.[4]

In November 2010, Vision Airlines announced service to Destin/Fort Walton Beach, FL and Miami, FL (MIA). Service later ended.


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:[1]

  • 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.[5][6]

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations 
Allegiant Air Fort Myers/Punta Gorda, Orlando-Sanford, St. Petersburg/Clearwater
Spirit Airlines Fort Lauderdale
Seasonal: Myrtle Beach

Traffic figures

In 2011, Niagara Falls International served an estimated 200,000 passengers.[2] In the first 11 months of 2011, 87,942 outbound passengers boarded flights, a 190 percent increase from the same period in 2010.[7] As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 23,849 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2010.[8]

For the 12-month period ending May 31, 2011, the airport had 29,816 aircraft operations, an average of 82 aircraft operations per day: 65% general aviation, 26% military, 7% air taxi and 3% scheduled commercial.[1][9]

According to the FAA's National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, Niagara Falls International was classified as a reliever airport.[10]

An estimated 80% of the passenger traffic at the airport comes from Canadians.[11]

Busiest Domestic Routes from Niagara Falls International Airport
(January 2012 - December 2012)[12]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Orlando, Florida 20,000 Allegiant
2 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 16,000 Spirit
3 St. Petersburg, Florida 13,000 Allegiant
4 Punta Gorda, Florida 7,000 Allegiant
5 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 6,000 Spirit

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


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

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