EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — Spirit Airlines will expand its flight offerings from Atlantic City International Airport this fall to include service to Cancun, Mexico; Miami; and San Juan, Puerto Rico, airport officials said Tuesday.
“We are very excited to announce that Spirit Airlines will officially be offering nonstop flights to Cancun, Mexico, out of ACY beginning Oct. 29,” airport officials wrote on Facebook.
Cancun service will be available four times a week, the South Jersey Transportation Authority, which operates the airport, said in a news release.
In addition, Spirit will begin flying three times a week to San Juan beginning Oct. 31.
Daily flights to and from Miami will begin Oct. 6.
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“We appreciate our longstanding partnership with Spirit and their dedication to increasing travel opportunities to and from Atlantic City International Airport,” SJTA Executive Director Stephen F. Dougherty said.
State Senate President Steve Sweeney shared his public support of the expansion on Twitter and thanked Matt Klein, executive vice president and chief commercial officer of Spirit, the SJTA and several elected officials for making the addition possible.
“I applaud this initiative as a step towards elevating the airport to becoming a competitor in the international aviation industry,” Sweeney said. “This new service will be a huge asset for South Jersey residents looking to travel without having to go to Newark or Philly.”
Sweeney, representatives from Spirit and the SJTA and other elected officials celebrated the expanded service at a press event Tuesday at the airport.
“New routes like the ones we’re announcing today from Atlantic City are only possible because of the support we receive from the great people of South Jersey,” said Klein. “It’s exciting to repay that support by giving our guests nonstop access to more great destinations. We know what a positive impact increased flying has on the communities we serve, and at Spirit we’re glad to be able to do our part to make it happen.”
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Last year, the airport received an $11 million U.S. Department of Transportation grant for runway expansion; it was the fourth-largest grant awarded, according to Sweeney’s office.
Meanwhile, the National Aviation Research and Technology Park, an incubator for tech and aviation jobs in the region, received a $3 million grant for the construction of a second building, which is projected to add 165 high-tech jobs to the region, Sweeney said.
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