By David Madden

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (CBS) — The Atlantic City International Airport will soon be under new management. The same people who run several airports in New York and North Jersey will take over in July.

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The 10 year contract hands off day to day management from the South Jersey Transportation Authority, which owns the facility, to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. SJTA will play a half-million dollars a year for the service, according to executive director Sam Donelson.

“Through their airports that they currently operate, they’re doing around 109 million passengers every year,” Donelson says. “So if there’s air service development to be done, the Port Authority certainly knows how to get it done.” sam donelson

By contrast, the Atlantic City airport handles around 1.3 million passengers annually through Spirit Airlines and charters. Hopes are to double, maybe triple that by luring other major carriers.

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“We’ve been very happy and have a good relationship with Spirit Airlines,” Donelson says, “but we believe that competition is always good and we are very much interested and very hopeful that this relationship with the Port Authority will bring new airlines in with new destinations.”

The Port Authority also has the option to buy the airport outright.

No jobs will be lost in the change.

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