The 75,000-square-foot expansion was “a major step forward” in Gov. Chris Christie’s bid to make Atlantic City more competitive and viable, said Joseph Mrozek, deputy commissioner of the state Department of Transportation. “The new facilities that are being built here will allow the airport to attract international air service and cater to international business and recreational travelers.”
The $25 million project will include a Customs and Border Patrol Facility and an expanded baggage claim area that will allow international passengers to be cleared for customs at the airport, among other new features, according to the South Jersey Transportation Authority, which owns and operates the property.
The expansion, which is scheduled to be finished in summer 2012, is expected to create 200 jobs during construction and generate employment for 60 retail workers, 12 border and customs officers, as well as custodial, security and flight-related personnel, upon completion.
– Evelyn Lee