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Bader Field

Atlantic City Municipal Airport
View of Atlantic City skyline from Bader Field.jpg
View of Atlantic City skyline from Bader Field, September 2004
Airport type Public
Owner City of Atlantic City
Serves Atlantic City, New Jersey
Elevation AMSL 8 ft / 2.4 m
Coordinates 39°21′36″N 074°27′22″W / 39.36000°N 74.45611°W / 39.36000; -74.45611
Runway Length Surface
ft m
4/22 2,595 791 Asphalt (Closed)
11/29 2,948 899 Asphalt (Closed)
Statistics (2001)
Aircraft operations 10,683

Bader Field (IATA: AIYICAO: KAIYFAA LID: AIY), also known as Atlantic City Municipal Airport, was a city-owned public-use general aviation airport located in Atlantic City, in Atlantic County, New Jersey, United States. It was approximately one mile from the terminus of U.S. Route 40 and U.S. Route 322. Bader Field permanently closed on September 30, 2006. It was named after the former mayor of Atlantic City, Edward L. Bader, who purchased the land for the airfield. The field as of 2016 was for sale.


Bader Field was opened in 1910 and was authorized to provide passenger service in 1911. It was the first U.S. municipal airport with facilities for both seaplanes and land-based airplanes.

The first known usage of the term "air-port" appeared in a newspaper article in 1919, in reference to Bader Field. The term was coined by Robert Woodhouse and referred to the "Flying Limousines", a seaplane passenger service between Atlantic City and New York.

Bader Field was the founding location of the Civil Air Patrol in 1941.

Scheduled commercial airline service at the airport ended in 1990, when Allegheny Airlines moved to the larger Atlantic City International Airport. The control tower was removed in the late 1990s and some of the former airport property was used to build a minor-league baseball stadium.

Emergency Use

On June 29, 2019 three small banner-towing planes were forced to land at Bader field to avoid extreme thunderstorms in the area.

Redevelopment and later uses

Bader Field is considered a prime redevelopment site. In 1998, Bernie Robbins Stadium, a 5,500-seat baseball stadium, opened on the site, housing the Atlantic City Surf minor league baseball team until it discontinued operations in 2009. An indoor ice skating rink, Flyers Skate Zone, also opened up at the Bader Field site.

The South Jersey Region of the Sports Car Club of America hosts autocross events at Bader Field during the non-winter months. The SJR SCCA has been using the site for a few years to date.

In March 2011, the Dave Matthews Band announced that Bader Field would be the first of four sites for the Dave Matthews Band Caravan, a three-day music festival featuring an eclectic group of musical acts, with the Dave Matthews Band being the headlining performer for each night. The Atlantic City event was to take place June 24–26, 2011. In announcing the location of the event, the Dave Matthews Band cited Bader Field's proximity to several major metropolitan areas in the northeastern seaboard and its accessibility via several modes of public transportation. Improvements to the site prior to the event included burning overgrown brush as well as improvements to the long-neglected Bernie Robbins Stadium, which would house VIP seating for special ticket holders as well as host a later music festival featuring rapper Rick Ross. Improvements would also make way for other events, such as motorsports events on the runway strips.

In April 2011, Bader Field was included in the new state-run Tourism District controlled by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority. The site's large parcel and potential for redevelopment led to its inclusion, which received much scrutiny from mayor Lorenzo Langford, who cast the lone "no" vote on the formation of the district, citing the inclusion of Bader Field as his reasoning.

In February 2012, Metallica announced that their two-day Orion Music + More Festival would be staged at Bader Field on June 23 and 24, 2012.

The popular jam band Phish performed a three-day run at Bader Field, June 15–17, 2012.

Bader Field will host a round of the Global Rallycross Championship in 2016.

Facilities and aircraft

Bader Field covered an area of 143 acres (58 ha) at an elevation of 8 feet (2.4 m) above mean sea level. It had two asphalt paved runways: 4/22 measured 2,595 by 100 feet (791 × 30 m) and 11/29 measured 2,948 by 100 feet (899 × 30 m). For the 12-month period ending January 4, 2001, the airport had 10,683 aircraft operations, an average of 29 per day: 81% general aviation and 19% air taxi.

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