Buffalo Niagara airport to add 1,000 parking spots

May 23, 2012 Updated May 23, 2012 at 6:45 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Business First by James Fink

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May 23, 2012 Updated May 23, 2012 at 6:45 AM EDT

The demand for additional long-term parking options at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport is prompting the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to start work on a $8 million expansion of its Holtz Road surface lot.

The expansion will add 1,000 spaces to the Holtz Road lot, officials said.

Parking, for both long- and short-term spaces, is at a premium at the airport. The airport handles more than 5 million passengers annually, with approximately 40 percent coming from Southern Ontario.

During peak times, like spring break, the NFTA has leased space from surrounding property owners to handle the demand for additional parking spaces.

The Holtz Road expansion should take care of that need, officials said.

The New York State Department of Transportation has allocated $6 million for the project while Empire State Development Corp. is adding another $880,000 for the project.

Construction is expected to start this summer.

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