Houston-based Landmark Aviation is buying a fleet of charter aircraft as well as the maintenance hangar owned by Midlantic Jet Aviation in a deal that will see a new ground-services operator at Atlantic City International Airport.

The sale, first reported last week by The Press of Atlantic City, was confirmed by Landmark in a brief press release that did not divulge the financial terms.

Landmark noted that it has acquired Midlantic’s pilot lounge, executive conference room, flight planning center and nearly 65,000 square feet of heated hangar space. Landmark is also getting six charter aircraft from Midlantic, including a 14-passenger Dassault Falcon 900EX jet and a new twin-engine Beechcraft King Air 350.

Ben Murray, president of Landmark’s aircraft management and charter division, said the deal increases the companywide fleet to a total of 83 jets and planes. Landmark will offer charter flights out of Atlantic City International.

A major part of the buyout is Landmark’s takeover of Midlantic’s role as the ground-services provider at Atlantic City International. Midlantic’s duties as the “fixed-base operator” included aircraft fueling, maintenance and repairs.

“We are excited about increasing our presence in the Northeast, and specifically in the Atlantic City market,” Dan Bucaro, Landmark’s president and chief executive officer, said in the press release.

Atlantic City International, located 10 miles west of the city in Egg Harbor Township, is trying to attract more commercial companies at the same time it is looking to build up its passenger airline service. Over the years, the locally based Midlantic Jet often was cited as the type of commercial company that is key to the airport’s hoped-for evolution into a bustling travel hub.

Landmark, one of the biggest names in general aviation, operates ground services at more than 50 locations in the United States, Canada and France, according to its corporate website. It already has a New Jersey presence as the ground-services provider at Teterboro Airport in Bergen County.

The company made no mention in its press release whether it plans any changes at Atlantic City International with the ground operations or Midlantic’s former work force. Landmark spokeswoman Charlotte Cheatham did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment Monday.

Midlantic, which started in 1982 as a small air charter operator, grew steadily during the past two decades to become the biggest commercial company at Atlantic City International. Its longtime presence in New Jersey aviation also included operating air charters out of the now-defunct Bader Field airport in Atlantic City and ground services at Millville Municipal Airport. It sold its Millville operation about 10 years ago.

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