The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) fosters the development of an efficient air transportation system that responds to the
needs of its users and the public.
NJDOT, through its Division of Aeronautics, has general
oversight of 43
public use airports and
almost 400 restricted use
facilities, including airstrips,
heliports and balloonports.
The Department promotes
It gives information about
grants, relevant forms
and how to obtain them
online, and explains
to 14,000 Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA)
licensed aviators and
the general public.
The Department keeps pilots and the public
informed of aviation news
and events, about individual airports
and its employees answer questions
daily about licensing and registration
of public use airports and heliports.
Scheduled Service Airports
While the majority of New Jersey's airports strictly support the operation of general aviation aircraft, New Jersey hosts three airports which offer commercial flight operations:
In addition, there are eight advanced service airports which support corporate/executive and private-use general aviation activities:
There are 31 other public use airports and one sea plane base that serve New Jersey's airport system.
Although the history of aviation in New
Jersey follows the national story, the Division
of Aeronautics joined NJDOT only in 1966
when the Highway Department officially became
the Department of Transportation.
The State Legislature had originally created
the State Department of Aviation, the State
Aviation Commission and the Office of the
State Director of Aviation in 1931 due to
the increasing popularity of the airplane
in New Jersey.
Some of the states earlier airports
and the dates they opened are:
In 1948 the Legislature transferred the
Department of Aviation from a stand-alone
department to a part of the Department
of Conservation and Economic Development.
By 1950 there were 82 public use and
general aviation airports in the state.
Today there are 43 public use airports
in New Jersey that base about 4,700 aircraft.