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New York airport closings to affect travel here

Hurricane Irene might not hit Buffalo, but it certainly will have an impact on travelers trying to get out of town.

All the New York City airports, for example, planned to closed as of noon today, which means there won't be any flights from Buffalo going into Kennedy, LaGuardia or Newark airports.

"Before you come out to the airport -- whether you're picking somebody up or leaving yourself -- try to get the most current information possible," said C. Douglas Hartmayer, spokesman for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, which operates the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

Passengers can call their airlines, Hartmayer said, or check flight schedules by logging onto the airport website at www.buffaloairport.com.

Airport staff already has met with managers for the airlines and let them know there's room to dock an additional 30 aircraft if they want to ride out the storm in Buffalo, Hartmayer said.

Amtrak, meanwhile, is canceling more East Coast trains as the storm advances, with service reductions beginning today.

No trains will be operating in the Northeast on Sunday, according to a company press release. Passengers are encouraged to call 1-800-USA-RAIL or visit Amtrak.com for schedule information and updates.

Greyhound also suggested bus passengers check schedules at www.greyhound.com or call 1-800 231-2222.

"We are experiencing a number of delays and cancellations across the East Coast," said Bonnie Bastian, a spokeswoman for Greyhound. "I know we are canceling a number of routes around the New York City and Atlantic City areas."

"It's kind of a fluid situation, so we would just encourage passengers to check," she said. "We'll do our best to accommodate, but we can't travel if its unsafe."

email: jrey@buffnews.com