ContinentalGuy From United States of America, joined May 2006, 90 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4807 times:
Is Atlantic City in need of a change for a new airport that can handle heavies? ACY is very old and is not large at all. Is there enough international or national demand that could press for a new airport?
777fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2545 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4800 times:
You hinted at the problem: there simply isn't much of a demand. Most of AC's patrons hail from nearby Philadelphia and New York City, both of which are within easy driving distance. Tour buses have also proven to be viable options and often include such bonuses as casino coupons, meal vouchers, etc.
IIRC, USAir Express flew (flies) in there, as did (does) Pan Am III.
Nowhere near. Perhaps enough to justify an expansion to the current terminal, but traffic levels definitely do not require a new airport. Most of the movements are Spirit Airbusses, with a few CRJs and a single 738 thrown in by Delta, and perhaps a few props.
Nkops From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2823 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4640 times:
We are expanding, but there really is no market for int'l since we are surrounded on the west by PHL (appx 1 hr drive) and the north by EWR (about 2 hr). The expansion will be to attract more domestic service. Right now there is 10 flts by NK, 3 by DL Connection, and various charters on 737-200 by Ryan and Sky King, and thats it.
I think the airport is looking for one of those Field of Dream scenarios . "If you build it, they will come", but only time will tell.
Crownvic From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2178 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 4384 times:
Very sad to hear about Bader Field...As I have also posted many times before, this airport was one of the busiest GA and commuter airliner airports in the nation for many years. It served as the nations first official STOL-port when DHC used it for testing of the first Dash 7 airliner. I have many fond memories of the Allegheny Commuter Beech 18's & Twin Otters and the many Eastern, Northwest and Continental commuter planes that operated in and out of this airport. It was really the DCA/LGA of commuter airports. A visit there last year was one of the most depressing things I have ever seen in aviation as it has been intentionally run into the ground, because of 20 years of political action to shut it down. Typical of Atlantic City corrupt mentality and why I no longer live there!