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.
Airlines Serving Atlantic City Airport
Atlantic City International Airport is located in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The sole major airline that serves customers traveling to and from Atlantic City is Spirit Airlines. As of 2012, the Miramar, Florida-based airline company is the most used airline with flights to various locations in Florida. Spirit flies these routes on a year-round basis. Other cities where Spirit Airlines fly to include Boston, Chicago, Detroit, and Myrtle Beach, S.C. Spirit Airlines travel to these cities on a seasonal basis. Among the top ten busiest domestic routes, Spirit Airlines claims all ten spots.
As of September 2011, the most-busiest route Spirit airline was from Atlantic City to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Last year, 148,000 from Atlantic City have traveled to the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport via Spirit Airlines. The second most-busiest destination from Atlantic City was Orlando, Fla., with 140,000 passengers. The third most-busiest destination was to Fort Myers Fla., with 66,000 passengers. Among destinations outside of Florida, the busiest destination was Myrtle Beach with 64,000 passengers. The Myrtle Beach route is the fourth-busiest route out of Atlantic City. Following Myrtle Beach, Atlanta is the fifth most-busiest with 58,000 passengers. Boston and Chicago are the seventh and ninth most-busiest routes, respectively. 38,000 passengers travel to Boston via Atlantic City, while 20,000 fly to Chicago. In the Atlantic City area, Spirit Airlines serves as the hub for the east coast and serves as a direct connection to one of the most popular vacation spots in the world.
Another airline that serves travelers is Charter Air Transport owned by Harrah’s Atlantic City. The airline serves as a direct flight to the Republic Airport in Farmingdale, New York. Charter Air Transport also serves travelers on a seasonal basis. There is one terminal that serves all Spirit Airline flights.