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User currently offlineUal1636 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (16 years 9 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1568 times:

Why doesnt anyone ever talk about HPN? Its like the JFK, EWR, LGA substitute. Has anyone been to HPN? Is it nice and how long is it from NYC?

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User currently offlineNW747-400 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 507 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (16 years 9 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1541 times:

HPN is mainly used as a regional airport like London City.
It is about 45 minutes from NYC.

User currently offlineTripple7 From Netherlands, joined Aug 1999, 539 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (16 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1528 times:

I once flew to HPN from BOs with BEX when I had to be in White Plains for business and it's a nice little airport with a growing number of destinations. But it can't be a substitue for EWR LGA or JFK because it is to far from Manhattan.

This airport is more a regional airport and not a hub. Weschester County in which HPN is located is a rich community in which a lot of big firms are located, like IBM's headquarters.

User currently offlineCody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1964 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (16 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1526 times:

I remember during the early eighties Air Florida flew there from Washington National and Boston (sort of a shuttle spin-off) and did very well. They did so well that they started service to Bermuda and Chicago nonstop from HPN. I don't know why no one else expands there. I think AirTran would be a likely candidate.

User currently offlinePresRDC From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 676 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (16 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1537 times:

Even though I'm in my first week of law school and probably should be using this time to study torts and contracts, I feel I can add to this. Currently, you can fly from HPN to ORD on either United or American (737-300/500 or F100s) to DTW on Northwest (either Dc-9s or Avros) to IAD on ACA (J-41s) to CVG on Comair (CRJ) to PIT on USAirways (F100 or DC-9, possibly 737s) and to a variety of Northeast destinations on USAirways Express or Business Express.

The reason more destinations are not served from HPN is complicated. First, the residents of Westchester County (of which I am a resident, when not at school) do not want it to be a major airport, because of noise and environmental concerns. Second, the airport makes it very difficult for the airlines to work there. For example, the airport has two jetways, but the management does not assign them on a regualr basis and restricts their use as a ways to get back at airlines for various infractions (most likely noise related -- VERY strict noise abatement rules in place). Also, there is limited ramp space at the terminal and little extra room in the terminal. At the end of the 80s, Westchester voters barely passed a referendum to build a new terminal (the old one was a WWII vintage hut), but as part of the agreement, forced the County to build it very small, with little room to expand. It also only has one runway long enough to handle commercial traffic because of two trees that block the approach to the intersecting runway. These trees are located in Greenwich, CT and therefore, Westchester County, in NY cannot touch them (this is big issue). For these reasons, among others, traffic cannot expand to the airport.

Although it does primarily serve Westchester County, it is a good option for people from Manhattan because, when accounting for traffic, it takes about the same amount to reach as JFK and not much more time than LGA. I fly out of there several times a year to get to school and have connected through ORD, DTW and CVG to get to SBN. For those in Westchester, HPN is very convenient.


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