Recognizes that United Airlines will begin providing service at Atlantic City International Airport and urges SJTA and PANYNJ to identify and recruit additional airlines.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
As reported by the Senate Transportation Committee on December 12, 2013, with amendments.
A Senate Resolution1recognizing that United Airlines will begin providing service at the Atlantic City International Airport1 and urging the South Jersey Transportation Authority 1and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey1to 1[add]identify and recruit1 additional airline carriers to the Atlantic City 1International1Airport.
1[Whereas, AirTran Airways stopped serving Atlantic City International Airport on January 6, 2012, leaving the airport with just one primary carrier, Spirit Airways; and]1
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
1Whereas, AirTran Airways stopped serving Atlantic City International Airport on January 6, 2012, leaving the airport with just one primary carrier, Spirit Airways; and1
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”) 1[has]1 recently completed expansions to 1[its]1 passenger screening checkpoints 1at the Atlantic City International Airport1and is completing construction of a terminal expansion and a federal inspection station, 1[the airport now has additional]expanding the1 capacity 1of the airport1; 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 1at the Atlantic City International Airport1; and
Whereas, Another potential source of added demand for flights 1at the Atlantic City International Airport1 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
1Whereas, In July 2013, the SJTA entered into an agreement with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (“PANYNJ”) under which the PANYNJ will provide general management services at the Atlantic City International Airport; and
Whereas, Under that agreement, the PANYNJ will oversee daily business operations at the Atlantic City International Airport and will be responsible for undertaking a marketing campaign and developing additional air service; and
Whereas, One of the first successes of the new collaboration between the SJTA and the PANYNJ was the announcement in November 2013 that United Airlines will begin daily flights to Houston and Chicago from the Atlantic City International Airport starting in April 2014; and1
Whereas, The presence of additional airlines operating out of Atlantic City International Airport 1[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]will provide more direct access to Atlantic City and the surrounding area’s attractions to people from different parts of the country, give consumers in New Jersey additional choices in air travel, and take further advantage of the upgraded facilities at the airport1; now, therefore,
Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of New Jersey: 1. The South Jersey Transportation Authority 1[is]and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey are1 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 1; and to the Executive Director, Deputy Executive Director, and Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey1.