A Senate Resolutionurging the South Jersey Transportation Authority to add additional airline carriers to the Atlantic City Airport.
Whereas, AirTran Airways stopped serving Atlantic City International Airport on January 6, 2012, leaving the airport with just one primary carrier, Spirit Airways; and
Whereas, Since 2000, five large airlines have cancelled service to Atlantic City, including AirTran, West Jet, Delta, USAir, and Continental, limiting the airline choices and options for Atlantic City passengers; and
Whereas, Atlantic City International Airport has daily non-stop service to 10 cities during the summer but only five cities year-around, creating limited air access to Atlantic City and other nearby destinations; and
Whereas, The South Jersey Transportation Authority (“SJTA”) has recently completed expansions to its passenger screening checkpoints and is completing construction of a terminal expansion and a federal inspection station, the airport now has additional capacity; and
Whereas, With the recent completion of the Revel Casino, the development of the Atlantic City Tourism District, and SJTA plans for a new hotel and conference center at the airport, there is the potential for increased demand of air service; and
Whereas, Another potential source of added demand for flights is the technical park consisting of 408,000 square feet of offices, laboratories, and research facilities currently under construction to house the Next Generation Air Transportation System on airport property; and
Whereas, The presence of additional airlines operating out of Atlantic City International Airport could improve consumer choice and increase access to the city, while recent SJTA construction activity will provide airlines with upgraded facilities and additional potential customers; now, therefore,
Be It Resolvedby the Senate of the State of New Jersey: 1. The South Jersey Transportation Authority is urged to identify and recruit airlines to provide additional service and flights into and out of Atlantic City International Airport.
2. A duly authenticated copy of this resolution, signed by the President of the Senate and attested by the Secretary thereof, shall be transmitted to the Executive Director and Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the South Jersey Transportation Authority.
This resolution urges the South Jersey Transportation Authority (“SJTA”) to identify and recruit additional airlines to operate out of the Atlantic City International Airport. The airport is now serviced by a single carrier since the recent cancellation of service by AirTran and four other major carriers which have cancelled service since 2000.
The SJTA has recently expanded the size of the airport and is constructing a major new technology park at the airport site as well. This resolution calls for additional airlines and flights in order to fully capitalize on these SJTA investments and the tourism investments being made across the city, and to provide additional value and choice for airport customers.