NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. - The number of passengers departing the Niagara Falls International Airport, also known as enplanements, was up nearly 185% between 2010 and 2011, according to NFTA Spokesman Douglas Hartmayer.
"The airlines we have at Niagara Falls -- Spirit and Allegiant -- are excellent airlines," said Hartmayer. "They are profitable airlines, which is not the case with many airlines that we have operating today."
Despite the lost-cost tickets and short security lines, for some, the airport does not come without baggage.
It's hard to forget the passengers that sat on the runway last month, only to be told all Direct Air flights were grounded.
"Its unfortunate, but it's really not fair to paint the NFIA with that brush that says its because its something we did, that's not the case," said Hartmayer.