Trenton–Mercer Airport

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Trenton–Mercer Airport
Airport type Public
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[1]
Elevation AMSL 212 ft / 65 m
Coordinates 40°16′36″N 074°48′48″W / 40.27667°N 74.81333°W / 40.27667; -74.81333Coordinates: 40°16′36″N 074°48′48″W / 40.27667°N 74.81333°W / 40.27667; -74.81333
FAA airport diagram
FAA airport diagram
TTN is located in Mercer County, New Jersey
Location in Mercer County, New Jersey
Direction Length Surface
ft m
6/24 6,006 1,831 Asphalt
16/34 4,800 1,463 Asphalt
Number Length Surface
ft m
H1 64 20 Asphalt
H2 64 20 Asphalt
H3 64 20 Asphalt
H4 64 20 Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft operations 84,614
Based aircraft 154

Trenton–Mercer Airport (IATA: TTN[3]ICAO: KTTNFAA LID: TTN), sometimes also referred to as Trenton Mercer Airport,[2] 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.[2] 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.[4]

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).[5][6][7][8]

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,[9] 561 in 2009, 853 in 2010, 3,414 in 2011, 6,459 in 2012, and 148,256 in 2013.[10] It is in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which called it a general aviation facility.[11]


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.[12] 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.[13]

Airport Air Traffic Control operations based in the control tower were 6 AM to Midnight during the 1980s and early 1990s. Since January 1994, tower operations have been shortened to 6 AM to 10 PM.

In 1995 the airport's name was changed to Trenton–Mercer Airport in an effort to identify it with the city of Trenton (the capital of New Jersey and county seat of Mercer County).

On March 11, 1998 an NWS/FAA Automated Surface Observing System (ASOS) became operational at the airport, replacing the human weather observers which had previously reported weather conditions.

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).

Aerial View to the south of Trenton–Mercer Airport
Sign at the main airport entrance

Ground transportation[edit]

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.[14][15]

Enterprise Rent-a-Car Rental Counter at TTN

Mercer County 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.[16]

Public transportation[edit]

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).[17]

Civilian facilities and aircraft[edit]

Trenton–Mercer Airport (TTN) – SkyLounge Bar at Ewing
Frontier Airlines Airbus A319 boarding at Trenton–Mercer Airport
Check-in Counter for Frontier Airlines
Gate 1 at Trenton–Mercer Airport (TTN)
Baggage claim at Trenton–Mercer Airport

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).[2] 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.[18]

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.[2]

Pilot training[edit]

Trenton–Mercer Airport is home to multiple flight schools including Infinity Flight Group, which provides both flight training and aircraft rental.[19] and Mercer County Community College's flight program which provides degree programs in aviation.

The airport also is home to ATP Flight School .[20]

Civil Air Patrol[edit]

The airport is also home to the Twin Pine Composite Squadron (NER-NJ-092) of the New Jersey Wing of the Civil Air Patrol.[21]

Military facilities and aircraft[edit]

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.[22]

Terminal and future developments[edit]

Passenger terminal

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.[23] 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.[24]

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.[25] 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.[26] 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.[27]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Frontier Airlines Atlanta, Charlotte, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Orlando, Raleigh/Durham, St. Augustine, Tampa
Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare, West Palm Beach


Top Ten Busiest Domestic Routes Out of Trenton–Mercer Airport
(May 2014 – April 2015)[28]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Orlando, FL: MCO 55,610 Frontier
2 Atlanta, GA: ATL 42,770 Frontier
3 Chicago, IL: MDW 34,250 Frontier
4 Raleigh/Durham, NC: RDU 32,810 Frontier
5 Fort Lauderdale, FL: FLL 28,480 Frontier
6 Charlotte, NC: CLT 26,930 Frontier
7 Tampa, FL: TPA 22,500 Frontier
8 Fort Myers, FL: RSW 22,180 Frontier
9 Detroit, MI: DTW 21,300 Frontier
10 St. Augustine, FL: UST 18,520 Frontier

Former commercial service[edit]

  • 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.[29]
  • 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.
  • 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.[30] The carrier was consistently losing money and shut down on September 14, 2012, citing a poor economic climate and unprofitable operations.[31]


  1. ^ "Frontier Airlines' shifting market strategy avoids competition". Denver Post. January 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e FAA Airport Master Record for TTN (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
  3. ^ "IATA Airport Code Search (TTN: Trenton–Mercer)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved October 25, 2013. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ "AirNav: KTTN - Trenton Mercer Airport". Retrieved June 3, 2015. 
  6. ^ "AirNav: KEWR - Newark Liberty International Airport". Retrieved June 3, 2015. 
  7. ^ "AirNav: KTEB - Teterboro Airport". Retrieved June 3, 2015. 
  8. ^ "AirNav: KACY - Atlantic City International Airport". Retrieved June 3, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009. 
  10. ^ "CY 2012 Enplanements at All U.S. Airports, by State" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. October 9, 2012. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  11. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. 
  12. ^ "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. 
  13. ^ 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."
  14. ^ " Location information page Trenton–Mercer Airport,". Retrieved May 30, 2014. 
  15. ^ "AVIS/Budget Rental Car Shuttle at TTN". Retrieved May 30, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Trenton–Mercer Airport, Transportation". Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Bus schedule" (PDF). NJ Transit. Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  18. ^ 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). 
  19. ^ "Infinity Flight Group: Trenton, NJ: Aviation School, Flight Training & Lessons Pennsylvania & New Jersey". Trenton, NJ: Infinity Flight Group. Retrieved June 3, 2015. 
  20. ^ ATP Flight School. "ATP Flight School: Airline Pilot Training & Pilot Career Development". Retrieved June 3, 2015. 
  21. ^
  22. ^ "New Jersey Army National Guard". Retrieved June 3, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Trenton–Mercer Airport celebrates opening of renovated terminal". Retrieved November 8, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Taxiway improvements on way for Trenton-Mercer Airport". Retrieved June 3, 2015. 
  25. ^ Pizzi, Jenna (January 25, 2013). "Mercer freeholders review plan to develop area surrounding Trenton–Mercer Airport". The Times of Trenton. Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
  26. ^ "State of the County: Hughes announces plan to move forward with replacement of passenger terminal". Retrieved June 3, 2015. 
  27. ^ "Pa. group sues Mercer freeholders, Frontier Airlines and FAA over Trenton-Mercer airport use". Retrieved June 3, 2015. 
  28. ^ "RITA - BTS - Transtats". Retrieved July 29, 2015. 
  29. ^ Goodnough, Abby (8 October 1995). "Trenton-based Airline to Add Florida Flights". The New York Times. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  30. ^ adminmercer. "Mercer County, NJ - Airlines". Retrieved June 3, 2015. 
  31. ^ "Streamline Air ends commuter flights from Trenton-Mercer Airport to Boston area". Retrieved June 3, 2015. 

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