AA will not get their way if they wanted to fly HPN
nonstop. The perimeter rule is a county law, and another law has a maximum of 240 passengers per half hour for airline arrivals, that’s not actual passenger count, but the number of seats on the airplanes. At present all the arrival quotas are taken for larger aircraft but with NW
replacing mainline jets with RJ
’s there is probably room for a couple more RJ
flights during the day.
abuts some very wealthy communities, including Greenwich CT
, one of the most affluent towns in the US. The NIMBY’s around HPN
have a very powerful voice, are well funded and have made life miserable for HPN
operations. There has been a movement for over 30 years by some NIMBY’s and local politicians to close HPN
completely and turn it into a park.
While the present county executive is not pro airport, he is no Chicago Mayor Daly either and realizes how important HPN
is to Westchester County’s economy, but he is on record for not allowing any more airline flights or physical expansion of the airport. Some NIMBY’s fear that if the airlines had their way, HPN
would become another LGA
On the other hand some of the largest corporations in the US base their corporate jets at HPN
and have told the county that the only reason their headquarters are in the area is because of their easy access to HPN
, with about half the corporations based just over the border in Connecticut from Greenwich to Stamford and Norwalk. So there is economic pressure from the corporations to keep HPN
, because of the NIMBY’s was not allowed to build a new hangar for their BBJ
’s and moved their operations to a new hangar at Stewart Intl. Airport, but they still kept and use their old hangar at HPN
There are no flight restrictions on corporate aircraft flight operations other than a nighttime curfew and they routinely fly from HPN
to the west coast and Europe nonstop from HPN
It took the county almost 20 years to be able to replace the old World War 2 Quonset hut that was the airline terminal with a new terminal. The NIMBY’s held up construction with numerous lawsuits and the county was forced to reduce the size of the terminal and the aircraft gate area which limits the size of the aircraft the airlines can operate into HPN
before they got approval. Another part of the agreement limits the gates to 4, and not all have jetways
The NIMBY’s also prevented the airport from cutting down tall trees that were just off the end of runway 29, the small runway. The trees are on private property in Greenwich CT
and the airport is in New York so the property owner turned to the Connecticut courts to successfully block the airport from cutting the trees on his property, totally disregarding the fact that the FAA recommended the trees be cut down in the name of safety. Because of this Runway 29 now has a displaced threshold limiting its landing operations to small airplanes.