Changes at Area Airports

October 26, 2010 Updated Oct 26, 2010 at 8:59 AM EDT

By WKBW Programming

October 26, 2010 Updated Oct 26, 2010 at 8:59 AM EDT

Passenger counts are slipping at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. The NFTA says passenger counts slipped two percent in September and they are off three percent since the beginning of the year. In September the airport handled more than 217,000 outbound passengers, down about 5,000 compared to September last year. The NFTA is blaming adjustments by air carriers and the economy for the slowdown. Southwest Airlines is still the airport's busiest carrier, followed by US Airways, Delta/Northwest, JetBlue and United Airlines.

Beginning January 1st, the NFTA will begin charging to park cars at the Niagara Falls airport. The maximum price will be $5 per day or $25 per week for the two lots near the airport. If you're just dropping someone off or picking up a passenger at the airport, parking will remain free, for up to two hours. Passenger counts at the Falls airport are up 85 percent since the new terminal opened last December.

In banking news, M&T Bank says it is the sixth-largest lender of U.S. Small Business Administration loans in the nation. M&T jumped three spots from last year's ranking.

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