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.

me and gThis is serious convenience. We have two little kids so transporting them through major airports is a major pain — not to mention hauling car seats.

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!


Image Credit: World Airline News

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.