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Falls airport to end free parking for travelers

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Passengers wait at the baggage check area at Niagara Falls International Airport last week. The airport will end free parking for travelers next month. (Charles Lewis/Buffalo News)

WHEATFIELD -- The Niagara Falls International Airport will stop offering free parking for travelers next month.

Parking at the airport will cost $5 a day or $25 per week starting Jan. 1.

The new policy takes effect as business at the airport's new $40 million airport terminal picks up.

"I don't know of any airport where you can park at the front door for free," said C. Douglas Hartmayer, spokesman for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. "We think it's customary. The fee is nominal, and it's certainly meant to generate some revenue for the airport."

Vision Airlines started offering flights to Niagara Falls last week, with twice-a-week flights planned to Northwest Florida Regional Airport and Miami International Airport.

Spirit Airlines, a south Florida-based carrier, has announced plans to begin offering service to Fort Lauderdale in January, as well as seasonal flights to Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The airport will continue to offer free parking in a designated area for up to two hours for drivers who are picking up or dropping off travelers, Hartmayer said.

The airport has two 250-space lots and is preparing to open a third overflow lot with more than 600 spaces across the street, Hartmayer said. 

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