The Buffalo News remains opposed to building a new terminal at Niagara Falls Airport and correctly identifies the impetus behind the project.
NFTA and local public officials have concentrated, correctly, on making the Niagara site a major air cargo facility, and trolling for Falls tourism and casino-related charters. Strong efforts must continue in those areas, because that’s where the potential is greatest. But the push for regular air service is motivated by political pressure rather than operational reality. The record is thoroughly convincing — every single airline that has started scheduled service from Niagara Falls has failed. Small-scale and vacation-targeted scheduled flights could be an added value — but they alone cannot justify the cost of a new terminal. [emphasis mine]
Regularly-scheduled jumbo jet service is the only sensible justification for a new terminal -- and the NFTA should at least have a "promise" from an airline for that before we just let them build. Using the $9.5 million in casino revenues on the airport will not result in noticeable economic development and will have wasted those funds. Niagara Falls can't afford to squander them on a, um, wing and a prayer.