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Despite stalled growth in China, Brazil and Russia, a wave of newly middle-class travelers from the BRICs and beyond will start visiting international destinations in the coming decades — dwarfing the numbers we’ve seen thus far.
The impressive addition prepares AC to take its spot as the Port Authority’s fourth airport, but the organization’s plans have been unclear since it initially showed interest three month ago.
A $25 million expansion project expected to pave the way for international flights at Atlantic City’s airport was unveiled on Monday.
The 75,000-square-foot expansion adds three new gates at the airport for a total of 10 and expands the baggage-claim area among other upgrades. A Federal Inspection Station will allow the airport to process international travelers at as many as two of the new gates.
Atlantic City International Airport currently has just one carrier — Spirit Airlines — and does not have any scheduled international service. South Jersey Transportation Authority acting Executive Director Sam Donelson said with this project the authority hopes that will change. He acknowledged that some people have questioned the authority’s decision to build facilities to accommodate international flights when the airport currently has none.
“I can tell you without having this area that meets Customs and Border Patrol’s standards, there’s no way I’d ever even be able to have the conversation with airlines about international flights here,” Donelson said.
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