Pause in Airport Operations Expected When Air Force One Lands in Buffalo

August 20, 2013 Updated Aug 20, 2013 at 6:51 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

August 20, 2013 Updated Aug 20, 2013 at 6:51 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) When President Obama and Air Force One arrive in Buffalo on Thursday, a "no-fly" zone will be strictly enforced.

Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) officials say the "freeze" in airport operations will start about 15-minutes before the President's plane arrives and will remain in effect until he leaves the airport grounds.

Flights arriving to Buffalo will be put into holding patterns until Air Force One is parked and President Obama is transported to the University of Buffalo's north campus where he will address thousands of people at UB's Alumni Arena.

Operations inside the terminal are not expected to be affected, but travelers will probably notice an increase in security, said spokesman Doug Hartmayer from the NFTA.

Air Force One is expected to land at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport around 10:30am.