News Article - August 16 2006

Trenton-Mercer set for second airline
  A subsidiary of Delta Air Lines is aiming to launch service from Trenton-Mercer Airport in New Jersey to two new destinations, pending approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Comair plans to operate three daily round-trips to Logan International Airport in Boston and three daily round-trips to Hartsfield-Jackson International in Atlanta. Permission for the routes is not expected to run into too many problems, according to industry observers, and approval from the FAA and the local county freeholder board is expected soon.

   A deal between the airline and the Mercer County airfield could potentially raise revenue of up to $300,000 a year for the local area and Comair would join Boston-Maine Airlines (which operates under the name Pan Am Clipper Connection) as a commercial carrier for the region. Brian Hughes, the Executive of Mercer County, said Comair planned to use smaller jets for its services, which would make it more sustainable and profitable than previous local services. The Comair route to Logan - with lower fares - would benefit passengers to the area from Mercer, analysts noted, because it would provide a commercial challenge to the current Boston-Maine service, which flies to Hanscom Field in Bedford, Massachusetts, which is very near Logan.

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