NFTA graciously helps Honor Flight Buffalo
We would like to respond to the complaint regarding the cost of parking at the airport to welcome home our veterans who were participants of the Honor Flight Buffalo trip May 30.
Is the reader aware of the five parking options at Buffalo Niagara International Airport (reserved covered parking, daily/hourly parking garage, preferred parking lot, long-term parking lot and economy lot)? At the latter three, the cost is $1 per hour for the first five hours and includes free shuttle service, which runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week with drop off at the front door.
Although the writer chose the most expensive option, the $4 per hour cost to park at the airport is actually quite a bargain when you compare parking costs at other airports throughout the United States, including those airports of a similar size.
Since our first flight, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority has been most gracious in assisting the Honor Flight Buffalo organization in helping to plan send-off ceremonies, crowd control and access to the entire lobby areas. More importantly, several representatives from the NFTA have attended the very early morning send-off ceremonies and welcome home ceremonies for all 17 Honor Flight Buffalo trips.
The NFTA is not in a position to offer complimentary parking for any event that takes place at the airport. The parking concession is operated by Standard Parking, a privately held company. Further, how would Standard Parking determine which events were to receive complimentary parking?
While we are very pleased with the number of people in attendance to welcome home our Western New York heroes, we hope that the cost people incur to park their cars to honor our veterans will not prohibit anyone from attending future ceremonies at the airport. Because of the cost of parking, attending a welcome home ceremony is not a completely cost-free event, however, what better way is there to honor those who gave so much for our freedom?
Lisa A. Wylie
Honor Flight Buffalo