Big Improvements Expected for NFIA

April 5, 2012 Updated Apr 5, 2012 at 6:29 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

April 5, 2012 Updated Apr 5, 2012 at 6:29 PM EDT

Buffalo,NY (WKBW) - Millions of dollars will soon start to flow into the Niagara Falls International Airport and it means some big improvements to the facility. Close to $12 million in Federal Aviation Administration Funding will be invested into the airport's main runway. The runway is one of the largest in the state. Congresswoman Kathy Hochul believes the renovations will not only improve the quality of the runway for pilots and travelers, but will also benefit the Niagara Falls Airbase, since the base utilizes it for missions.

"The important part of this is the synergy between the airbase and the airport," said Congresswoman Hochul. "That's the runway our C-130's use."

Hochul also says the investment will also prove essential to the base's future, since Defense budget cuts are looming across the country. This is a much needed boost for the airport that recently lost Direct Air, an airline grounded last month after it's parent company filed for bankruptcy. Thursday Allegiant, the other airline running out of the falls, announced it will add to its routes, now carrying non-stop flights to Fort Lauderdale, Florida starting in July.

Construction on the runway is expected to begin next week. NFTA Officials would like it to conclude by the end of the year.