BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer made his way to the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport Monday morning to announce new direct flights from Buffalo to Los Angeles, California.
The announcement, which went under the name “Prepare for Takeoff!” was made at 10 a.m. Schumer says JetBlue Airways will begin the “long-awaited” flights on June 16.
He says the new route will increase tourism in Buffalo as well as create jobs and boost the “re-energized local economy.”
In addition to benefiting western New Yorkers, Schumer believes the new set of flights would attract Canadians to the area, who would in turn benefit New York through the use of local hotels, restaurants and shopping centers.
“The addition of this flight will not only dramatically increase travel options for Buffalonians, it will also bring even more Canadian travelers through the Buffalo Niagara International airport,” said Schumer. “Western NY residents will have access to new, low-cost carrier flying in and out of their local airport. Buffalo will become a ‘welcome mat’ for visitors from LA and travelers from Canada, who will enjoy our top notch restaurants, hotels, and other tourist attractions during their trip.”
Schumer says 80 percent of people flying from Toronto to Los Angeles travel non-stop, even though the Buffalo Airport could offer the same service to Los Angeles for nearly $100 less than Canadian prices.
Previously, there were no direct flights from Buffalo to anywhere in the state of California. Schumer says the addition of direct flights from Buffalo to Los Angeles has been a top priority for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA).
“It’s a terrific day for both Buffalo and JetBlue,” said Robin Hayes president and CEO, JetBlue. “This month we’re celebrating the 16th anniversary of JetBlue’s arrival in Upstate New York and we could not be more delighted to do so by connecting our inaugural JetBlue city to the West Coast with a nonstop flight. As New York’s Hometown Airline, we are thrilled to continue growing across the Empire State.”