Date: Apr 01, 2014
Press Release Number: 70-2014
Atlantic City International Airport ushered in a new era today with its first nonstop flights to Chicago and Houston, as officials including U.S. Rep. Frank Lobiondo and Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian joined Port Authority, South Jersey Transportation Authority, civic and local representatives in welcoming United Airlines to Southern New Jersey's premier airport.
"Today, we begin to fulfill the promise we made to expand air service when we partnered with SJTA last July to provide both increased leisure and business travel options through ACY,' said Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Deb Gramiccioni. "Our celebration is even more special because we're sharing it with one of our most trusted business partners, United Airlines, which employs more than 13,000 people in the state of New Jersey."
"With new flights come new opportunities—for tourism, business and leisure travel, job growth, and economic stimulation," said Rep. LoBiondo (NJ-02), chair of the House Aviation Subcommittee. "By linking Atlantic City International Airport to United Airlines' two largest hub airports, we're creating an environment for additional positive developments."
"As New Jersey's largest airline and one of the state's largest employers, United is pleased to connect Atlantic City to our global route network," said Don Wright, United's vice president of the Newark hub. "These new flights from our two largest hubs will offer more options and convenience for south Jersey travelers and will connect customers from points throughout North America, Asia and Latin America to Atlantic City."
The Port Authority, in partnership with SJTA, seek to increase ACY's service to serve the growing population and travel needs of the entire region, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and New York. The goal is to help boost the economy of the entire region, including the Jersey Shore vacation areas, Pine Barrens and the area's developing wine country, in addition to Atlantic City's gaming industry.
Others greeting the inaugural arrival and sending off the first departure today included: New Jersey State Senate President Stephen Sweeney; Assemblymen Christopher A. Brown and Assemblyman Vincent Mazzeo; Casino Reinvestment Development Authority Executive Director John Palmieri; South Jersey Transportation Authority Interim Executive Director Frank Frankowski; and Atlantic City Alliance President Liza Cartmell.
Chicago and Houston are United's largest hub airports. From Chicago, United's flight to Atlantic City will depart at 8:10 a.m. daily, arriving at 11:07 a.m. The return flight will depart Atlantic City at 11:52 a.m. and arrive in Chicago at 1:08 p.m. From Houston, United's flight to Atlantic City will depart at 7 p.m. daily, arriving at 11:10 p.m. The return flight will depart Atlantic City at 6 a.m. and arrive in Houston at 8:40 a.m. United Express carrier ExpressJet will operate the Atlantic City flights with 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 aircraft.
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency's network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where construction crews are building the iconic One World Trade Center, which is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit http://www.panynj.gov.