FAA urged to help alleviate noise from Mercer Airport
Services expected to expand in next six months
Washington: Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) has urged the Federal Aviation Administration to closely examine noise problems in Yardley Borough from the Trenton-Mercer Airport in New Jersey. vIn a letter to the agency’s administrator, Michael Huerta, Casey called on the FAA to closely examine the impact that the noise problems can have on residents. The borough has asked for an Environmental Impact Study (EIS) on the New Jersey airport’s improvements.
“The Trenton-Mercer Airport provides accessible and affordable air travel to Pennsylvania and New Jersey residents and is important to local economic activity,” Casey wrote. “However, the Trenton-Mercer Airport is directly across the Delaware River from Yardley Borough and I am informed that ascending and descending aircraft fly directly over the Borough and have caused a substantial amount of noise pollution. I have been further informed that service to this airport is expected to grow and that the accompanying increase in noise pollution has caused concerns regarding safety and property value among residents.”
Two months after temporarily suspending service for safety repairs, the Trenton-Mercer Airport held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate its renovated terminal opening.
Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes helped open the terminal, which resumed operations on Nov. 8. Frontier Airlines, the airport’s only commercial carrier, undertook a federally required safety project on the airport’s main runway.
The county used that runway construction period to renovate the airport’s 40-year-old terminal, as well as the parking areas.
“The enhancements we’ve made during the past couple of months, improved baggage service, a gate area featuring more seating, restrooms and refreshments, and additional parking with better traffic circulation were necessary and will result in a more efficient and a more enjoyable traveling experience,” Hughes said.
Daniel Shurz, Frontier senior vice president commercial, announced at the ceremony that Frontier, will add three more destinations early next year, bringing the total to 14. Those destinations are Cleveland, Nashville and Indianapolis.
By the end of April, Frontier will be offering 55 weekly flights from Trenton-Mercer Airport, Shurz said.
The county has been working with Ewing, where the airport is located, to develop long-term plans for the area, which includes the former General Motors and Naval Air Warfare Center sites.
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