U.S. Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02), chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee, today announced $2,250,000 in federal funding for the Atlantic City International Airport from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) for the design and construction of deicing pads. Current deicing operations for aircraft occur on designated areas on the terminal apron.
On July 1st, an agreement between the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey and the South Jersey Transportation Authority took affect regarding ACY with the Port Authority providing general management services, including overseeing the daily business operations of the airport. The SJTA maintains operations and direction over the airport. The stated goal of the Port Authority is to bring additional commercial carrier services to ACY.
"Increasing tourism to South Jersey is critically important to our local economy with ACY remaining the key to that effort. This federal funding will further help us improve safety and update operations at ACY which should help the Port Authority make the case to national airlines that South Jersey is an attractive option for additional commercial carrier service," said LoBiondo, chair of the House Aviation Subcommittee.
Also in July LoBiondo participated in the ribbon-cutting of the new $15.4 million airport rescue & firefighting facility (ARFF) at ACY. The 40,700 square foot facility replaced the decades-old existing station. The bi-level ARFF station is comprised of three main areas, including five drive-through apparatus bays, maintenance area and living and administrative areas. LoBiondo secured the final $6.7 million in federal funding for the design and construction of the ARFF through a USDOT discretionary grant. Primarily focused on operations at ACY, the new rescue and firefighting facility supports emergency efforts at other facilities nearby including the 177th Air National Guard Fighter Wing and William J. Hughes Federal Aviation Administration Technical Center.