Can more be done to make NF airport soar?

August 22, 2014 Updated Aug 22, 2014 at 8:22 AM EDT

By Elizabeth Carey

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August 22, 2014 Updated Aug 22, 2014 at 8:22 AM EDT

Is business soaring or being grounded out of the Niagara Falls airport?

That's the cover story in today's Business First, which shows how the Falls airport is ready to rock, but some say the airport is under utilized.

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority spent more than $30 million to build the new terminal five years ago.

The report says, one one hand, full flights are flying out of the airport mostly filled with Canadians who enjoy direct flights to vacation destinations. And passenger counts are up.

But, on the other, critics say more needs to be done to take advantage of the airport. It only has about a dozen outbound commercial flights a week.

Insiders in the tourism industry say the airport should be filled with international flights because of its location, its long runway and the Niagara Falls brand name.

In other news, a shift in healthcare is leading to new jobs. A report in today's Business First says home care is growing as the government redesigns the medicaid system to keep seniors at home. More companies are offering home care and health services.

The Visiting Nursing Association of WNY says home health care nurses, aides and therapists make up a lot of the jobs, but there are also opportunities for social workers, nutritionists and pharmacists.
The number of jobs in the industry expected to rise by 70 percent by 2020.

You can get more details in today's Business First.