|IATA: TTN – ICAO: KTTN – FAA LID: TTN|
|Owner||County of Mercer|
|Operator||Mercer County Dept. of Transportation and Infrastructure|
|Serves||Trenton, New Jersey|
|Location||Ewing Township, New Jersey|
|Focus city for||Frontier Airlines|
|Elevation AMSL||212 ft / 65 m|
FAA airport diagram
Trenton–Mercer Airport (IATA: TTN, ICAO: KTTN, FAA LID: TTN), sometimes also referred to as Trenton Mercer Airport, is a county-owned, joint civil–military, public airport located four miles northwest of Trenton in the West Trenton section of Ewing Township, Mercer County, New Jersey. Formerly known as Mercer County Airport, the airport serves one scheduled airline plus general and corporate aviation. As reported in early 2014, about 325,000 passengers use the airport each year.
Trenton–Mercer is the fourth busiest airport in New Jersey with an average of 203 aircraft operations per day (after Newark's 1153 per day, Teterboro's 434 per day and Atlantic City's 205 per day).
Frontier Airlines, which is the only airline currently serving the airport, recognizes the airport as Trenton/Princeton on their website with 12 non-stop destinations.
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, 6,459 in 2012, and 148,256 in 2013. It is in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which called it a general aviation facility.
- 1 History
- 2 Ground transportation
- 3 Public transportation
- 4 Civilian facilities and aircraft
- 5 Military facilities and aircraft
- 6 Airlines and destinations
- 7 Statistics
- 8 Former commercial service
- 9 References
- 10 External links
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 Inland Fisher Guide Plant ceased producing civilian vehicles and began making TBF Avenger carrier-based torpedo 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. After the war, the navy reestablished a presence with the construction of Naval Air Warfare Center Trenton adjacent to the airport, which remained open until 1997.
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).
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 Midnight.
Avis and Budget car rentals are available at the Landmark Aviation FBO with shuttle service from the commercial terminal building. Normal hours of operation are 6:30am to 12:00am 7 days a week.
No public transportation options actually pick up or drop off passengers in front of the terminal, but nearby bus and train routes exist. There are no sidewalks, nor shoulders, along the roads that lead to the passenger terminal.
The Trenton–Mercer Airport is within walking distance (1.5 miles) of the West Trenton train station. This train station serves Philadelphia and points west, but not 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 608 bus, which connects to the Hamilton NJT Train Station and Trenton Transit Center, stops less than a mile from the airport terminal at the intersection of Grand Ave and Upper Ferry Rd (weekdays only).
Civilian 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% military.
Trenton–Mercer Airport is home to multiple flight schools including Infinity Flight Group, which provides both flight training and aircraft rental. and Mercer County Community College's flight program which provides degree programs in aviation.
Civil Air Patrol
Military facilities and aircraft
The airport is home to Army Aviation Support Facility #2 and the 1st Battalion, 150th Aviation Regiment, otherwise known as the 1-150th General Support Aviation Battalion of the New Jersey Army National Guard. Equipped with UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters, the battalion provides ground force commanders of the 42nd Infantry Division (Mechanized) with additional air assault, transportation, re-supply, and command and control assets. In its state role under Title 32 United States Code, the unit also provides emergency logistical support in response to disasters or any other emergency support as may be directed by the Governor of New Jersey.
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 (before security) is an observation lounge as well as a restaurant, Sky Lounge at Ewing, serving pub food. Sky Lounge has another location past security near Gate 1 that serves drinks and pre-packaged sandwiches and wraps. Parking is $2 per hour and $8 per day. On November 8, 2013, Mercer County opened a renovated terminal, including a new modular trailer 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 August 2014, the Airport was awarded 2.2 million dollars to rehabilitate 3 taxiways. A spokesperson for the county said that this is the first phase of a three-year plan to make further improvements.
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. On January 15, 2015, county executive Brian Hughes announced that Mercer County (the owners of Trenton–Mercer Airport) would be moving forward in their plans to construct a new modern terminal. Although no dates have been announced, the process is expected to take several years because of a need for an environmental impact study (EIS) and the likely opposition of a citizens activist group that opposes further flights.
Airlines and destinations
|Frontier Airlines||Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Orlando, Raleigh/Durham, St. Augustine, Tampa
Seasonal: Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, West Palm Beach
|1||Orlando, FL: MCO||44,340||Frontier|
|2||Chicago, IL: MDW (discontinued: replaced with ORD)||39,920||Frontier|
|3||Atlanta, GA: ATL||38,690||Frontier|
|4||Raleigh/Durham, NC: RDU||35,180||Frontier|
|5||Detroit, MI: DTW||27,840||Frontier|
|6||Fort Lauderdale, FL: FLL||21,370||Frontier|
|7||Fort Myers, FL: RSW||21,120||Frontier|
|8||Tampa, FL: TPA||20,980||Frontier|
|9||Charlotte, NC: CLT||20,300||Frontier|
|10||Cincinnati, OH: CVG||13,910||Frontier|
Former commercial service
|This section needs additional citations for verification. (December 2012)|
- 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 North Carolina 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.
- Mease, Alyssa (February 25, 2014). "Official outlines $13M in Trenton–Mercer airport improvements, expects traffic to double by 2017". The Times of Trenton. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
- "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" (PDF). 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.
- "History of Ewing". Township of Ewing. Retrieved February 26, 2015.
World War II During World War II, factories in the area devoted themselves wholeheartedly to the war effort. General Motors became Eastern Aircraft, and made a critical contribution to the war effort through the production of the Navy Avenger Torpedo Bomber. Assemblies from other plants on the East Coast were transported via the Reading Railroad to the Ewing plant, where they joined Ewing-fabricated sections in final assembly. Bombers off the line were sent to the Skillman (now Trenton-Mercer) airport, where they were tested before delivery to the Navy.
- Former Naval Air Warfare Center Trenton, United States Navy. Accessed October 28, 2014. "The former Naval Air Warfare Center (NAWC) Trenton is located in Ewing Township, New Jersey. The property is bordered to the north and west by Mercer County Airport, to the sorth by Parkway Avenue, and to the east by a railroad line. The property consists of approximately 528 acres of improved and unimproved land. The NAWC was operated by the U.S. Navy from 1951 until 1997 as a jet engine test facility."
- "Avis.com Location information page Trenton–Mercer Airport,". Retrieved May 30, 2014.
- "AVIS/Budget Rental Car Shuttle at TTN". Retrieved May 30, 2014.
- "Trenton–Mercer Airport, Transportation". Retrieved January 14, 2013.
- "Bus schedule" (PDF). 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.
- Trenton–Mercer Airport statistics
- Goodnough, Abby (8 October 1995). "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 April 2, 2015
- FAA Terminal Procedures for TTN, effective April 2, 2015
- Resources for this airport: