Over Hopewell Valley spring break this past week, my husband and I took the kids to Florida and flew out of Trenton-Mercer Airport on Frontier for the first time.
A trip to Florida from Hopewell, NJ, used to entail roughly an hour drive, endless loops around the maze of the Philly airport and exhaustive scouring for a spot in the long-term parking decks. Now, the drive to an airport is shorter than my husband’s commute to Princeton.
Trenton-Mercer Airport was named the fastest growing airport in the country last year in a study by the Oregon-based air transportation consulting group, Sixel. Excitement might be quickly dampened by a recent NJPIRG report that identified Frontier Airlines as the second-most complained about airlines. We had a great experience with no problems beside minor flight delays and, after waiting on lines at Disney for everything, what’s one more exercise in patience?
No only is the Trenton-Mercer Airport expanding so rapidly, but Mercer County overall has been proclaimed as a business boom by the Economic Impact of Tourism in New Jersey for performance in 2013 with an increase of revenue by more than 4%, while the state average is 1.3%.
“Mercer County has much to offer, and as we work with our tourism partners, waves of newcomers are discovering the riches that make us unique and sought after,” added Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes. “The Mercer region’s strong transportation network, including the rejuvenated Trenton-Mercer Airport, increase opportunities for visitors to appreciate our beautiful and historic county, and as the data indicates, the Mercer region’s appeal continues to grow.”
This is great news for the travelers to and from Mercer County, business owners, as well as residents who are excited to see their real estate values boost. Plus, I’m checking Frontier’s website to see where my next flight takes me!
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