FAA investigating if Buffalo Niagara International discriminated against Chick-Fil-a

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The Federal Aviation Administration announced Saturday that there’s an open investigation claiming operators of the Buffalo Niagara International Airport discriminated against Chick-Fil-A.

Last March, it was announced that a Chick-Fil-A would be coming  Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

Delaware North, who operates the airports restaurants, announced days later that the chain  would not come after heavy backlash.  

The report also names San Antonio International Airport will be investigated for its failure to include the restaurant 

The FAA released the following statement to News 4 Saturday:

“The Department of Transportation has received complaints alleging discrimination by two airport operators against a private company due to the expression of the owner’s religious beliefs. FAA’s Office of Civil Rights has notified the San Antonio International Airport (SAT) and Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) that it has opened investigations into these complaints. The FAA notes that Federal requirements prohibit airport operators from excluding persons on the basis of religious creed from participating in airport activities that receive or benefit from FAA grant funding. The findings of the investigations will be communicated to the complainants once the investigations are completed.”

A spokesperson for Buffalo Niagara International sent this statement :

“I can’t provide any information or confirmation regarding the investigation. I can reiterate that the decision not to move forward with Chick fil A came from Delaware North, not the NFTA.”

News 4 has reached out to Delaware North and has yet to hear back.

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