ContinentalGuy
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Question About Atlantic City Int. Airport

Thu Jul 20, 2006 1:52 pm

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?
 
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Question About Atlantic City Int. Airport

Thu Jul 20, 2006 1:57 pm

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.


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Question About Atlantic City Int. Airport

Thu Jul 20, 2006 6:02 pm

Quoting ContinentalGuy (Thread starter):
Is there enough international or national demand that could press for a new airport?

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.
 
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Question About Atlantic City Int. Airport

Thu Jul 20, 2006 7:54 pm

There just isn't much demand. AC hasn't become a huge national gambling destination, many people just come by car or bus from the neighboring states.

US Express no longer serves ACY, Spirit has about 10-15 flts a day, DL has 1 flt to ATL and 3 to CVG

ACY can handle widebodies as it is an FAA test facility. I often see C-17's, KC10's, some C-5's, 747's, and it was where US tested its A333 when it was first delivered
 
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Question About Atlantic City Int. Airport

Thu Jul 20, 2006 9:00 pm

There are plans in the works for a terminal expansion. At least 2 or 3 of the new gates will be able handle widebodies. NK will obviously be the main benefactor of the newly expanded terminal.

http://www2.sjta.com/acairport/expansion.asp

Note: the taxiway marked (Under Construction) (aka Taxiway P) has since been completed and opened.
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Question About Atlantic City Int. Airport

Thu Jul 20, 2006 10:15 pm

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.
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Question About Atlantic City Int. Airport

Fri Jul 21, 2006 4:10 am

A little O/T
Anyone else see that Bader Field is closing.

It should be interesing how the city develops the land, especially with the minor leauge baseball stadium right next to it.
 
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RE: Question About Atlantic City Int. Airport

Fri Jul 21, 2006 7:39 am

Quoting Usairways85 (Reply 6):
Anyone else see that Bader Field is closing.

AIY To Close In Sept. (by Nkops Jul 19 2006 in Civil Aviation)

I posted the article earlier along with a brief history of AIY.... it's sad really
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RE: Question About Atlantic City Int. Airport

Fri Jul 21, 2006 2:48 pm

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!

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