AMODEO/POLISTINA: FEDERAL DATA SHOWS ANOTHER INCENTIVE FOR TOURISTS TO VISIT ATLANTIC CITY

ATLANTIC CITY INTERNATIONAL HAS LOWEST DOMESTIC AIRFARE IN THE COUNTRY, ACCORDING TO U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Atlantic City International Airport averages the lowest domestic airfares in the country, according to federal data, providing another compelling argument for people to vacation in the rejuvenating resort, Assemblymen John Amodeo and Vince Polistina, both R-Atlantic, said today.

?Atlantic City has some of the best amenities in the country and now it?s a fact that it has the best deals for travel,? Amodeo said. ?Economical ticket prices helped the airport have a record year, which is a good signal that our plan to rebuild the economy and grow jobs by rebranding the city as a tourism destination will succeed.?

Federal data show that the airport?s average flight cost $153 in the third quarter of 2010, $187 less than the national average and $103 less than Las Vegas. Atlantic City?s prices have been among the lowest since 2008. Newark Liberty International Airport had the highest average at $469, according to a report in the Press of Atlantic City.

Amodeo and Polistina?s plan to revitalize the city, regional and state economy by focusing on the city?s tourist attractions has begun to take shape with legislation signed this week to create a tourism district in the city and freeing casinos from burdensome regulations.

?Aviation is also an important part of our plan to revitalize the regional economy because it creates high-paying technological jobs and brings tourists to the area. The more people who come, the better it is for the businesses that generate jobs,? Polistina said. ?The airport drew 1.4 million passengers last year, but we can do more by marketing our airport to our friends in other states who have easy access to the airport with the lowest prices in the country.?

The airport?s use increased in 2009 after Spirit Airlines and AirTran began direct flights to Boston and Atlanta. Spirit plans to add a direct flight to Chicago in March that will be a stopover to Las Vegas.

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