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SIGNS OF LIFE
CHARTER FLIGHTS LEAVING FROM AIRPORT IN FALLS IS A WELCOME DEVELOPMENT

The Canadian air charter company lifting off from Niagara Falls International Airport is an encouraging sign that some life may be coming back to that forlorn facility.

The Canadian charter company, GoSVO, has announced that it would send Canadians to Orlando, Cancun and the Dominican Republic every week from Christmas season through Easter. Boarding times will be short and prices will be more than $400 less than its nearest competitor. What's not to like?

Unfortunately, Americans will have to wait their turn. "Business security" clauses in its jet lease will restrict all seats on the company's leased Boeing 727s or 737s to Canadian citizens. Once regulatory hurdles are resolved, hopefully by the end of the year, flights will be available to Americans.

All of this is good news. Any step, even a small one, at the airport is welcome.

Niagara Falls is becoming more of a tourist destination for those seeking a three- to four-day excursion. With the falls, casinos on both sides of the border and development of world-class golf courses in Canada, flying in and out of the Niagara Falls airport should be more attractive to tourist operators.

And while bringing people into Niagara Falls is different from flying nearby residents out, any activity at this airport, which has been underutilized for so long, is welcome.

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