Mercer County, New Jersey, US, has received approval from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the design and construction of a new passenger terminal at Trenton-Mercer Airport.

According to the plan, the county will replace the old terminal with a new four-aircraft-gate terminal.

The Finding of No Significant Impacts and Record of Decision (FONSI/ROD) for the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed new terminal has been issued by the FAA.

Mercer County executive Brian Hughes said: “We appreciate the FAA’s diligence in its review of the EA for the proposed new airport terminal, and we’re pleased that we have the go-ahead to advance this important project.”

The proposed terminal, which will be located next to the existing terminal, will be designed to meet the demand forecast up to the year 2035.

Hughes added: “The existing terminal at Trenton-Mercer Airport is about one-third the size it should be for the number of travellers currently using it. As we emerge from the coronavirus crisis, we expect an increasing demand for leisure travel, and, nationwide and at Trenton-Mercer, we are seeing airlines adding new flights and reviving old ones.”

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The new terminal will feature all airport functions, such as baggage handling, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint and baggage screening, airline operations, and waiting area restrooms.  

However, the county has no plans for new or longer runways, and the size of the airport will remain the same.

Earlier this month, the FAA approved a new aircraft landing technology for San Francisco International Airport, California.