Atlantic City airport readies for more gamblers

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New Jersey’s Atlantic City International airport will gain new service from Spirit Airlines.

The low-cost carrier will announce new destinations to the gambling city his week, a carrier spokeswoman tells me, declining to identify city pairs.

The company will also grow international offerings, but I’m guessing Atlantic City will only gain domestic flights.

Spirit is the only carrier to operate from the regional facility, roughly 58 miles (93km) from Philadelphia International airport and 113 miles (181.85km) from Newark Liberty International airport.

While the airport only has four Florida destinations, airport director Tom Rafter says he would like service to Chicago, Atlanta and New England.

To that end, Rafter has been considering new incentives.

Currently the airport employs a six-month, percentage based landing fee waiver in which new entrants or new markets pay 25% of the landing rate for the first two months of service.

The amount paid increases as time passes, but the airport will suggest other arrangements to airport operator South Jersey Transportation Authority (SJTA) next month. SJTA must approve changes.

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