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Port Authority of NY and NJ to take over ACY

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The South Jersey Transportation Authority has reached a deal to hand over operations at Atlantic City International Airport to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

It's a plan Governor Christie approves of.

"I think it will make the airport more active and more accessible and that will help everyone in this region, not just Atlantic City."

And one the South Jersey transportation authority unanimously approved Wednesday afternoon.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is in position to take over operations at Atlantic City International Airport, a move officials say, will bring more use to ACY.

"Airports, some are under–utilized, some are over–utilized in any kind of system. So the problem we had in the region here with our limited budget was to try to promote aviation, to increase the utilization of this airport," said Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation James Simpson.

Simpson says the move will bring more jobs to the region.

And with 1.4 million passengers traveling through ACY in 2012, the sky is the limit.

"We could double the number of passengers we have operating out of this airport without spending an extra dollar," said Simpson.

"We have the infrastructure for it and some reports say, its possible with extra infrastructure to get up to ten times the size we are now."

Wednesday evening at ACY, the news was well received by travelers.

"I believe it's a good thing," said Spyros Spyropoulos of North Cape May.

"Its one of the best moves they've made because we need a major airport in South Jersey."

Commissioner Simpson called the move good news for the region. He believes the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey can bring out the full potential of ACY.

"When you got a major operator like the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, they have that clout, the have the ear of all the airlines both freight operators and passenger operators and the ability to do things we can't do because they have such a larger network," said Simpson.

The Port Authority currently operates five airports including Newark, JFK and LaGuardia.

After negotiations, Simpson hopes to have the resolution finalized by July 1st.

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