Who is impacted by KHTO?
In addition to residents living on the North and South Forks of Long Island and on Shelter Island, residents as far away as New York City, Brooklyn, New Jersey and Connecticut are also impacted by short-haul air taxis and charter flight operators serving KHTO, East Hampton Airport.
The image above, courtesy of https://planefinder.net/, one of several online flight tracking services, illustrates the tri-state area impacted by traffic traveling to and from KHTO. Not all traffic shown in this image is traveling to or from KHTO.
Communities the length of Long Island suffer most from the noise and pollution of East Hampton air operations, i.e., Amityville, Bayshore, Commack, East Setauket, Lloyd's Neck, Old Westbury, Port Washington, Roslyn, Shirley, Stony Brook, Whitestone--the list goes on all the way to the East End with communities on the North Fork, Shelter Island and Southampton disproportionally impacted.
The most popular destination on the East End for helicopters and seaplane air taxis is KHTO--East Hampton's noisy, polluting airport. Helicopter taxis operate out of NYC heliports located downtown and in midtown Manhattan, and NYC’s 23rd Street Skyport Marina serves as base for seaplanes. People living near the Financial District and along the East River are disturbed despite the considerable noise of New York City!
For the convenience of a few selfish individuals who won't take a Jitney or ride the Long Island Railroad for a short journey to the Hamptons, the plight of thousands of noise-affected families continues unabated, despite years of residents' pleas for help from elected officials on Long Island and in Albany.
Image: courtesy airnoisereport.com
There are three flight routes to KHTO. One above the LIRR track from NYC, and two follow shore-lines. Only the North Shore Route (NSR) is a FAA-mandated flight route.
Despite talk by Senator Schumer and other officials, the South Shore Route has never been mandated. Since 2019, decision makers have redlined certain hamlets to bear a disproportionate amount of all traffic while sheltering more affluent areas on the water. Residents in Towns other than East Hampton continue to be most impacted.
Among those who suffer most from low altitude flights of incoming and outgoing air taxis and charters are those in and around the Whitestone area of Queens, and on incoming and outgoing transition routes across the North Fork and the eastern flank of the Town of Southampton. East Hampton Village area and the hamlets of Wainscott, Hardscrabble and Northwest suffer from some transitioning traffic and their proximity to KHTO.
Transition paths to and from KHTO from North and South Shore Routes can be moved at any time.
The Town of East Hampton must do the right thing and protect LI communities from the impacts of their polluting airport operations.
It is unconscionable that the Town of East Hampton takes no responsibility for the widespread impact its toxic airport operations inflict upon thousands of people who live nowhere near its airport, and who disproportionately bear the brunt of KHTO's noise and pollution.