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Airport execs converging on Buffalo to brainstorm runway snow removal

More than 800 airport executives and airfield supervisors responsible for runway operations from around the world are expected compare notes on snow removal during the 50th International Aviation Symposium Monday through Wednesday in Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

This year’s event will feature 50 pieces of the newest and technologically advanced snow-removal equipment on display. Kimberley A. Minkel, executive director of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, will open the conference Monday and highlight the economic and safety concerns that make snow, slush and ice mitigation so important.

This is the 31st year Buffalo Niagara International Airport is hosting the gathering. Joe Guarino, the airfield’s superintendent and chairperson of this year’s event, remarked that, “Over the years we have mastered the art of snow removal, so Buffalo is the perfect place to host colleagues from snowy climates to exchange best practices so we all can perfect our craft, further enhancing safety at airports worldwide.”

William R. Vanecek, NFTA Director of Aviation said, “The chance for snow-removal teams from around the world to exchange ideas is invaluable. A major snowstorm can cost an airport more than a quarter of a million dollars in removal alone. The cost of delays compounds that number – none of which compares to the potential safety risks ice and snow can create.”

In recognition of the 50th anniversary, a special Anniversary Museum will be located in the main lobby of the convention center, featuring a collection of mementos, souvenirs, photographs. Visit for additional information.

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