NIAGARA FALLS (The Buffalo News) — Before the pandemic changed everything and made travel to and from Canada almost impossible, 40% of the people at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport were Canadians who had come to Buffalo to catch a flight. Meanwhile, Western New Yorkers routinely drove to Pearson Airport in Toronto to catch an international flight.
Dottie Gallagher, president and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, said Wednesday that is one small example of how two countries separated by a common border have so much more in common and why keeping the border closed creates so many problems on both sides.
“Our economy is so integrated. This has been incredibly difficult, not only on the people of Western New York, but the people of Canada as well,” she said.