[toc]One of the biggest drawbacks of Atlantic City is the lack of direct flights to Atlantic City International Airport. A proposal by current TEN owner Glenn Straub seeks to address the that issue.
Glenn Straub is one of four developers that submitted a proposal to the city for the currently unused Bader Field.
“The city received four proposals for the redevelopment of Bader Field this month, including one from the original owner of the Atlantic City Surf baseball team and another from the owner of the former Revel casino.”
The two top Bader Field proposals
“We want to ask FAA to reopen a portion of the runway,” Straub told the Press of Atlantic City. “This town needs more people flying into it from places like Boston and Youngstown.”
The Press of AC noted Straub submitted a similar proposal that would turn Bader Field back into an airport in 2015.
Frank Boulton, the owner of the Long Island Ducks, also submitted a proposal. Boulton’s pitch would rehab Surf Field, a 5,500-seat minor league baseball stadium that sits on the site, and hosted home games for Boulton’s former club, the Atlantic City Surf, from 1998-2006.
“My goal is to assist in returning professional baseball to Atlantic City,” Boulton said. “It’s an asset that’s being underused.”
Even though his idea is far superior for sustaining Atlantic City’s ongoing recovery efforts and its gaming industry, Straub’s current standoff with regulators over a gaming license for TEN Casino will likely hurt his chances if the city is seriously considering selling the land for redevelopment.
More flights would increase Atlantic City visitation
More flights to and from Atlantic City is something the city desperately needs.
The only airline that currently flies in and out of the airport is the much-maligned Spirit, and its flight schedule is both sparse and seasonal.
That leaves would-be Atlantic City visitors with two not-so-great options, drive, or drive after flying into Philadelphia.
By car it’s:
- One hour from Philadelphia
- Two-plus hours from New York
- Two and a half hours from Baltimore
- Three-plus hours from Washington DC
- Five-plus hours from Boston
Making matter worse, unlike Las Vegas where you can take a cab or shuttle from the airport to your hotel, if you travel to Atlantic City by plane you almost have to rent a car.
First, a car service or cab from the Philadelphia Airport will cost you in the neighborhood of $150. You can take public transportation, but it requires taking two trains, a bus, and shuttle to your hotel.
Once you’re there, you’ll quickly realize Atlantic City cabs are few and far between, and if you want to visit different casinos in both the Marina District and on the Boardwalk, walking isn’t really an option.
But renting a car has its own issues. New Jersey casinos charge for parking, so your rental fee immediately goes up, and I highly recommend getting as much insurance as possible.
If more flights were flying into and out of AC, the casinos would likely increase shuttle services. This would also likely increase the number of cabs and Ubers operating in the city.
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