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BUFFALO NY — The Buffalo Niagara International Airport is inviting even more Canadians to benefit from cheaper airfares from the U.S.
“Southern Ontarians have to bear some of the highest travel costs in the country,” said Pascal Cohen, Senior Manager of Marketing & Aviation Business Development at Buffalo Niagara International Airport. “We are here to offer an attractive alternative for travellers to save on their travel by flying from across the border.”
About two million Canadians took advantage of the Buffalo savings last year, the airport is expecting to see that number grow as travellers continue to get squeezed with additional baggage charges, airport fees and the possible impact of increasing taxes and fees in Canada such as the tripling of the Ontario jet fuel tax, he added.
On average, a family of four can save over $500 on a trip to Orlando by simply flying out of Buffalo instead of Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. Two Canadian companies, Sunwing and Sunquest, have also started offering packages to popular sun destinations such as Dominican Republic and Mexico.
Business travellers also benefit from substantial savings for top U.S. gateways such as New York, Chicago and Boston, with fare savings from 30% to 60% on select dates. Toronto-based IT company iNTERFACEWARE, routinely uses the Buffalo Airport for its staff travel. “We travel heavily and use the Buffalo Airport for about 30% of our travel, particularly for those inevitable last-minute flight bookings that we can’t always avoid. We estimate our annual savings to add up to $10,000-$15,000,” says Toni Skokovic, vice president at iNTERFACEWARE.
Toronto Pearson has been ranked the least affordable in Canada by CheapFlights.ca. Conversely, the Buffalo Airport is ranked 16th in the U.S. for most affordable airfares, according to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics, 2013.