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Dyster Surprised by Direct Air's Troubles

NIAGARA FALLS, NY -- When Direct Air cancelled flights out of the Niagara Falls International Airport, it took customers by surprise and local leaders, too.

Falls Mayor Paul Dyster told us DirectAir was the most aggressive carrier in terms of introducing new destinations and new flights out of the airport.  All total, the actual number of flights that have originated out of the Falls Airport has been steadily rising.

"So I am encouraged that some carrier, whether its DirectAir getting back into business, whether its Spirit or Allegiant, or some other carrier, is going to see the opportunity for profit there, and come in to fill the gap that's been created," said Dyster.

Mayor Dyster says DirectAir's problems were caused by their own management, and not by a lack of customers.


Registration Opens April 1 for NU’s Popular Summer Youth Camp

Registration Opens April 1 for NU’s Popular Summer Youth Camp

Starting April 1, Niagara University’s recreation department will begin accepting registrations for its weekly Summer Youth Camp, which will be held on campus from June 25 to August 17.

Geared toward children ages six to 12, the camp is conducted in a safe, fun environment by an experienced and friendly staff, and features access to university facilities, tours of the Castellani Art Museum and a wide range of themed weekly activities, including Sports Week, Around the World Week, Game Show Week, Holiday Week and Wacky Week.

The cost to register for a week of camp is $130. Campers may enroll for as many or as few of the eight weeks as they wish. Pre-registration is required, at which time a $50 deposit per week is due.

The camp operates Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. while extended care services will be available in the morning (7:30 - 8:45 a.m.) and afternoon (3:45 - 5:30 p.m.) for an additional fee.  

United Way to Honor Community Leaders at Annual Meeting

United Way to Honor Community Leaders at Annual Meeting

March 30 event celebrates individuals, companies for ‘Living United’

Several individuals and organizations from throughout Niagara County will receive some much deserved recognition for their selflessness, generosity and commitment to the United Way mission at an upcoming celebration.

United Way of Greater Niagara will host its Annual Meeting on Friday, March 30 at Antonio’s Banquet & Conference Center, 7708 Niagara Falls Boulevard, Niagara Falls. The event begins at 8 a.m. and will feature the distribution of a number of awards to honorees who have supported the United Way over the past year.

Lockdown Lifted at Falls Airbase; Suspicious Package Investigated

NIAGARA FALLS, NY--  Airbase officials, as well as local law enforcement are investigating a suspicious package delivered to the Niagara Falls Airbase.

The base was in lockdown for a brief time this afternoon, but the lockdown has been lifted.

A spokesperson for the 914th, says they received a package from a foreign country that contained a letter was not addressed to anyone specific at the base.

Direct Air Won't Fly Until May

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -  The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority says it's been told by Direct Air, an air charter service which stood as the most popular carrier at the Niagara Falls Airport, that it will not resume flights until mid-May after abruptly halting them on Monday.

In a statement, the NFTA said: "We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused the users of our airport. The Niagara Falls International Airport had no control over the suspension of this service."

Direct Air posted the following statement on its website a short time later:  

Woman Killed in Lockport House Fire

LOCKPORT, NY - A woman is dead following a massive house fire in Lockport.

It happened around 9 p.m. at 6 Carolina Avenue.

A fire official tells 2 On Your Side the fire appears to have started in the kitchen area and then spread throughout the home.

The sole occupant, a 55-year-old woman was killed.  Her identify is being withheld following notification of family members.

A dog was also killed in the blaze.

Damages are estimated to be close to $80,000.

Authorities are still unsure what sparked the blaze.

A Push To End Free Cell Phones

NEWFANE, NY - A Niagara County Legislator would like to see an end to a federal program that gives away free cell phones to low-income individuals.

Legislator John Syracuse (R) is one of two sponsors of a resolution that passed unanimously in the legislature. It calls on Congress to repeal a portion of the Universal Service fund.

The lawmaker wants other Western New York counties to join the fight so they have more clout. At issue - a federal program designed to make telecommunications more "universal" One goal of the program is to expand and improve broadband in rural areas. "Now what it seems to have morphed into is a free cell phone give away," said Syracuse.

One provider spent over $1 billion dollars for free phones and minutes for eligible participants.