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CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Buffalo Niagara International Airport on Monday pushed back its reopening date to 11 a.m. Wednesday following an assessment of post-blizzard conditions.
The airfield has been closed since Friday. It was slated to reopen at 11 a.m. Tuesday prior to this announcement. Meanwhile, the Niagara Falls International Airport was able to reopen Sunday night, the NFTA announced.
According to the National Weather Service, the airport received the highest snow total in Western New York, reporting more than 4 feet. In a statement, officials thanked the Pittsburgh Airport for offering to send snow plowing equipment to assist in reopening the airfield.
NFTA officials say that despite the reopening at 11 a.m. Wednesday, they are strongly advising passengers to contact their airline prior to coming to the airport as some flights are still delayed.
NFTA Transit Police, Buffalo Airport Fire, and Airfield teams reportedly helped stranded motorists and provided shelter for around 60 people during the blizzard. High winds caused snow drifts and low visibility at the airport over the weekend, and airport crews are working to ensure safe travels as soon as possible, according to the NFTA.
Airport officials said on Saturday that there are multiple cars stranded in the area of BNIA, near Genesee Street and Cayuga Road, and urged the public to abide by the driving ban.
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