Atlantic City International Airport, airport code ACY, provides commercial, military and general aviation services to the Atlantic City area of New Jersey in the United States. Physically located in Pomona, the airport has a long history of service to the community.
Atlantic City Airport
Originally founded as Naval Air Station Atlantic City during World War II, the facility was dedicated to training pilots for carrier-based flight operations. In the 1950s, operations expanded into testing and research with the addition of the National Aviation Facilities Experimental Center on the base. This operation was renamed in 1980 to the William J. Hughes Technical Center and serves as the research arm of the Federal Aviation Administration. Civilian and commercial air operations were also added converting the airport to an all-purpose facility.
The military function of the airport continues as a base for the New Jersey Air National Guard. The base supports a fighter wing along an Air Combat Command. Atlantic City International Airport also provides an operations base for the United States Coast Guard operating patrol helicopters from the facility. The Coast Guard maintains helicopters at the ready to respond within a half hour at all times and is charged with protecting the East Coast air space as well as providing search and rescue capabilities in the area.
Commercial passenger aviation is served by a single terminal at Atlantic City International Airport. Two regional air carriers operate flights from the terminal although seasonal vacation charters and gambling excursions also utilize the facility. The passenger screening and security facilities at the airport were recently upgraded to provide more efficiency in those areas. The terminals small size and newly enhanced security systems make it an attractive alternative for travelers looking to spend less time in the airport during their travels. The terminal offers limited amenities but does include free Internet access for travelers.
Recent Atlantic City Airport Additions
One of the recent additions to Atlantic International Airport is a Federal Inspection Services Station. The Federal Inspection Service offers security as part of an anti-terrorism effort but also inspects cargo and screens passengers for desirability based on things like health and criminal record. It is part of the Department of Homeland Security and often referred to as the “Customs Service.”
Aircraft use one of two runways at Atlantic City International Airport. The longer runway is about 3,000 meters or 10,000 feet long and can handle wide body and long haul aircraft such as the Boeing 747. The secondary runway stretches about 1,900 meters or 6,000 feet and is used for smaller aircraft. The airport handles about 100,000 take offs and landings every year with about half attributed to military operations. The airport operates continuously but enforces noise limitations during certain times. Training flights are prohibited from 9 p.m. to 1 p.m. local time.
Passengers driving their own vehicles to the airport will find ample parking. A multi-story parking garage adjacent to the terminal provides the most convenient parking. Long-term and budget parking is provided on lots located further from the terminal with shuttle bus service provided between the lots and the terminal facility.