|IATA: TTN – ICAO: KTTN – FAA LID: TTN|
|Owner||County of Mercer|
|Serves||Trenton, New Jersey|
|Location||Ewing Township, New Jersey|
|Focus city for||Frontier Airlines|
|Elevation AMSL||212 ft / 65 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Trenton-Mercer Airport (IATA: TTN, ICAO: KTTN, FAA LID: TTN) is a county owned, public airport four miles northwest of Trenton, in Ewing Township, Mercer County, New Jersey. Formerly known as Mercer County Airport, the airport has one scheduled airline plus general and corporate aviation.
Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 24,634 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2007, 974 enplanements in 2008, 561 in 2009, 853 in 2010, 3,414 in 2011, and 6,459 in 2012. It is in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which called it a general aviation facility.
The first airplane landed at what is now Trenton-Mercer Airport in 1907, in what was then Alfred Reeder's farm field, just off of Bear Tavern Road in Ewing. Twenty-two years later in 1929 Skillman Airport opened to the public.
During World War II the nearby General Motors plant ceased producing civilian vehicles and began making TBF Avenger bombers for the United States Navy. Skillman Airport expanded to accommodate test-flights of this aircraft, and after the airport returned to county control following the end of the war it was renamed Mercer County Airport.
For many years the county has planned to expand the airport and attract more commercial airlines. The plans have been opposed by residents of suburban housing tracts in Ewing, Lawrence, Hopewell, Lower Makefield, Pennington and Yardley (some of which are in Pennsylvania, across the Delaware River). Most of these developments were built after the airport.
In 1994 as a cost-cutting measure, the Mercer County Airport Police and Fire Department was disbanded and replaced by the Mercer County Sheriff's Office (police) and ProTec Fire Services (Aircraft Fire Rescue). The fire department was initially lead by Chief James Lonergan, who was previously was the director of aircraft rescue at Philadelphia International and Boston Logan Airport.
He was replaced, in 1997, by Mike Schwartz, who currently serves as an elected Ward Councilman in Delran Township. Chief Schwartz was also assigned as the Director of Fire Rescue at Morristown Municipal Airport in New Jersey. Following his retirement, he was replaced by Jim West at Trenton (who previously worked with the Space Shuttle program), and Morristown Municipal contracted with Rural-Metro Fire Service.
In March 2013 the FAA announced it will close the airport's control tower due to the 2013 Federal Sequester and resultant budget cuts. On May 10, 2013, the FAA announced it would delay the closing of the airport's control tower through at least September 30, 2013.
Trenton-Mercer Airport has rental cars available in the terminal with no shuttle needed. Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental are available 7 days a week from 6am to 11pm (Formerly Avis/Budget)
Trenton has a variety of taxi cab companies which operate from the Trenton Transit Center which services the Northeast Corridor via Amtrak, New Jersey Transit and SEPTA railroads. Travel times between Trenton and 30th Street Station in Philadelphia and Penn Station in New York were 28 minutes and 48 minutes, respectively, in Amtrak's January, 2013 timetable.
No public transportation options actually pick up or drop off passengers in front of the terminal, but nearby bus and train routes exist.
The Trenton-Mercer Airport is within walking distance (1.5 miles) of the West Trenton SEPTA Train Station. This train station serves Philadelphia and points west. It does not offer service to New York or points east.
On weekdays, NJ Transit's 607 bus stops just outside the airport grounds, at Bear Tavern Rd and Cardinal Dr. The 607 does not connect with any train stations but it does stop about a half mile from Trenton Transit Center. Passengers can always transfer between buses to connect to the train station.
Another option is the 608 bus which stops at the Hamilton NJT Train Station and Trenton Transit Center. This bus goes as far as the intersection of Grand Ave and Upper Ferry Rd (weekdays only), which is less than a mile from the airport terminal.
Public transportation to/from the airport on weekends and holidays is less accessible, since the 607 and 608 routes are shortened on these days. One option is to take the 609 bus to/from the NJ Department of Transportation offices, about a 2.5 mile walk from the airport. The airport is located in the township of Ewing, a very upscale section of New Jersey, so walking around the vicinity poses little in the way of safety concerns.
The fare on these buses is $1.50 (plus 60 cents if a transfer is needed). The cost of a cab between Trenton-Mercer Airport and Trenton Transit Center can vary from $30 to $50 depending on the cab company (there are no metered cabs in Trenton).
Facilities and aircraft
Trenton Mercer Airport covers 1,345 acres (544 ha) at an elevation of 212 feet (65 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt runways: 6/24 is 6,006 by 150 feet (1,831 x 46 m) and 16/34 is 4,800 by 150 feet (1,463 x 46 m). The airport has three helipads, H1, H2, and H3, each 64 by 64 feet (20 x 20 m). To meet FAA requirements that certain runways be equipped with an EMAS bed before the end of 2013, the airport installed EMAS beds at both ends of runway 16/34 in 2012; officials announced plans in early 2013 to close runway 6/24 for two months that fall to install an EMAS bed at both ends.
In 2010 the airport had 84,614 aircraft operations, an average of 231 per day: 95% general aviation, 3% air taxi, and 2% military. 154 aircraft were then based at this airport: 48% single-engine, 10% multi-engine, 10% jet, 21% helicopter, and 10.4% military.
Civil Air Patrol
Terminal and Future Developments
Trenton-Mercer Airport has one terminal with two gates. Trenton-Mercer is served by Enterprise and National on the main floor. On the upper level of the terminal (pre-security) is additional passenger seating as well as a restaurant, Sky Lounge at Ewing, serving pub food. Parking is $2 per hour and $8 per day. On November 8, 2013 opened a renovated terminal, including a new modular baggage claim outside the terminal, restrooms in the gate area (there were previously no restrooms past security), and using the space where the baggage claim was to add more passenger seating and an additional gate.
In a study commissioned by the county released in 2013, a new passenger terminal, a corporate office park, medical offices and laboratories, and commercial space would be part of a plan to develop available land at the airport.
Airline and destinations
Frontier Airlines, which markets the airport as "Trenton/Princeton (NJ)", began flights to Orlando on November 16, 2012 and expanded service to nine other destinations in the USA between January and April 2013, with two airplanes now based at the airport. In March 2013, Frontier announced that it would be suspending all flights at Trenton-Mercer from Sept. 9 through Nov. 7 of that year in order to permit the airport's main runway (the only one capable of handling Frontier's aircraft) to be upgraded to meet FAA requirements. The runway reopened in November 2013. Corporate and military aircraft currently operate, using the other runway.
|Frontier Airlines||Atlanta, Cleveland (begins February 13, 2014), Cincinnati (begins February 12, 2014), Charlotte (begins February 12, 2014), Chicago-Midway, Columbus (OH) (ends January 5, 2014), Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Indianapolis (begins April 29, 2014), Nashville (begins April 30, 2014), Orlando, Raleigh/Durham, Tampa
Former commercial service
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- Allegheny Douglas DC-9s nonstop to Chicago in 1977-78 were probably Trenton's first jet flights.
- United flew Boeing 727-200s and Boeing 737s to Trenton in 1984-85.
- In the mid to late 1990s Eastwind Airlines operated a hub out of Trenton to Florida and Virginia as well as airports in Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania. The airline flew from Philadelphia for a short time too. This was one of the only times Trenton-Mercer saw scheduled jet service from its short runways with 737-200 and 737-700 aircraft.
- From 1998 until 2003 Shuttle America operated a scheduled business commuter service to airports in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and North Carolina. The airline flew 50 seat De Havilland Dash 8-311 turboprops and had all its aircraft stocked with in-flight service items when stopping in Trenton. The airline ceased operations at TTN after a codeshare service with US Airways drew customers to nearby Philadelphia from Trenton.
- In 2006 and 2007 Comair flew to Atlanta and Boston from Trenton as Delta Connection using CRJ-200 aircraft. After a few months Big Sky Airlines took over the Boston service with Beech 1900s. The service ended in early January 2008.
- From May 2000 until February 2008 Boston-Maine Airways operated the Pan Am Clipper Connection between Trenton-Mercer Airport and Hanscom Field in Bedford, Massachusetts. The flight was terminated when Boston-Maine Airways ceased operating on February 28, 2008.
- On April 4, 2011, Streamline Airlines re-commenced the former Pan-Am Clipper Connection route between Bedford-Hanscom and Trenton using an EMB-120 Brasilia turboprop. The carrier was consistently losing money and shut down on September 14, 2012, citing a poor economic climate and unprofitable operations.
- "Frontier Airlines' shifting market strategy avoids competition". Denver Post. January 30, 2013.
- FAA Airport Master Record for TTN ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
- "IATA Airport Code Search (TTN: Trenton-Mercer)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
- "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
- "CY 2012 Enplanements at All U.S. Airports, by State". Federal Aviation Administration. October 9, 2012. Retrieved September 30, 2013.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
- Pizzi, Jenna (March 22, 2013). "FAA says Trenton-Mercer Airport control tower will close due to federal sequester". The Times of Trenton. Retrieved 2013-02-22.
- Izzo, Christina (May 11, 2013). "Control tower at Trenton-Mercer Airport spared from June closure". The Times of Trenton. Retrieved 2013-05-20.
- "Trenton/Mercer Airport, Transportation". Retrieved January 14, 2013.
- "Amtrak timetable". January 2013.
- "Bus schedule". NJ Transit. Retrieved May 27, 2013.
- Pizzi, Jenna (March 30, 2013). "Frontier Airlines will suspend flights at Trenton-Mercer Airport this fall for runway work". The Times of Trenton (Trenton, NJ).
- "Trenton-Mercer Airport celebrates opening of renovated terminal". Retrieved November 8, 2013.
- Pizzi, Jenna (January 25, 2013). "Mercer freeholders review plan to develop area surrounding Trenton-Mercer Airport". The Times of Trenton. Retrieved 2013-01-25.
- Davis, Mike (November 15, 2012). "Frontier Airlines adds Trenton-Mercer Airport flights to include 3 more Florida cities, New Orleans". The Times of Trenton. Retrieved June 22, 2013.
- "Frontier Airlines continues rapid expansion at Trenton-Mercer Airport with flights to 5 new cities". Times of Trenton. January 7, 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-07.
- "RUNWAY WORK TO SUSPEND FRONTIER FLIGHTS AT TRENTON". Associated Press. March 29, 2013.
- "Frontier adding low-cost flights at Trenton to 2 cities". Philadelphia Inquirer. October 10, 2013.
- Goodnough, Abby (8 October 1995). "IN BRIEF; Trenton-Based Airline To Add Florida Flights". The New York Times. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
- Trenton-Mercer Airport at Mercer County website
- Trenton-Mercer Airport (TTN) at New Jersey DOT Airport Directory
- Aerial image as of April 1999 from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective November 14, 2013
- FAA Terminal Procedures for TTN, effective November 14, 2013
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