I live near Hanscom Field, a civil/military airfield about 25 minutes outside of Boston. There's a lot of protest and controversy surrounding Shuttle America's launch of Dash-8 turboprop flights from Hanscom (BED) two years ago.
Other airlines have expressed strong interest in serving this satellite airport including Midway, Boston-Maine Airways (Pan Am), and US Airways Express. The latter finally backed down after receiving hostile protests from the locals at a town meeting. Many airlines are opting for Worcester, Mass. even though it is considerably further from Boston, and hence, not the most convenient alternative.
Most of Hanscom Field's surrounding residents express the usual concerns: air/noise pollution, increased road traffic, etc. But there's also a core group of environmentalists and history fanatics that claim commercial flights at Hanscom will destroy the historic atmosphere of nearby Minuteman National Park and other landmarks. People are infuriated that trees near the runways and along approach paths are being pruned and cut down. Many residents in my town have huge yellow signs in their yards saying "NO AIRLINES AT HANSCOM: SAVE OUR HISTORIC HERITAGE"
To other Massachusetts airliners.net members, what do you think of all this? Would you like to see an alternative airport to Boston-Logan other than Providence, Manchester NH or Worcester? Do you think that the regional flights both currently operating and on the proposal table would help to ease congestion and delays at Logan? What do you think of the nimbys living near BED? Are they being unreasonable?
How about people from other states? Do you live near a satellite airport that's surrounded by protests and controversy? What do you see as the solution?