Plans set for military lounge at Buffalo-Niagara International Airport

(Buffalo Niagara International Airport)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Non-profit corporation WNY Freedom Lounge has entered into an agreement with the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to establish a military lounge at the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport.

Members of the U.S. Military frequently come through the airport while waiting for connecting flights.

The lounge would be for use by military personnel as well as their families and would be staffed by veterans, veteran organizations and military supporters.

Retired LTC Dan Walther, Chairman of WNY Freedom Lounge, Inc. said, “Our organization is very pleased to have the opportunity to establish this special space at the airport to accommodate our dedicated service members and veterans. I want to express our gratitude to the NFTA for their willingness to provide this private area for our military personnel using the airport.”

WNY Freedom Lounge says the facility would be a 495 square feet and be located on the east side of the baggage claim area.

William R. Vanecek, NFTA Director of Aviation said, “This private area is a perfect way to show our collective appreciation to the men and women in the military how grateful we are for their service to our country.  We are pleased to do all we can to make their time in our airport as personal and comfortable as possible.”

The lounge is expected to be fully operational in the next two to three months. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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