Town of Southampton
Residents of the Town of Southampton
have borne the brunt of
East Hampton Airport operations.
The primary "recommended" commuter flight routes to East Hampton from within the tri-state area are voluntary.
A pilot may choose any of the primary routes to/from East Hampton Airport:
- North Shore Route
- South Shore Route
- original route, follows LI Railroad track
As KHTO is a land-locked airport, it is recommended that pilots transitioning to/from the primary routes to the airport follow the defined, narrow arrival/departure paths, sometimes referred to as "transition" routes below (see map).
These transition routes are also voluntary:
- NOVEMBER (yellow on map below)
- ECHO (green on map below)
- SIERRA (red on map below)
NOVEMBER, the recommended arrival route is, by far, the longest transition over populated areas and severely impacts many hamlets in the Town of Southampton, yet it is the primary approach route. See map below.
ECHO, recommended for arrivals and departures (when NOVEMBER routes are weather restricted), impacts the Northwest Woods in East Hampton and often affects residents on the North Fork as well. See Northwest and North Fork sub pages for impacts on those areas.
SIERRA, is recommend for departures only. The route is entirely within the Town of East Hampton and is, by far, the shortest overland transition to KHTO to/from the South Shore Route. Residents in the Village of Easthampton and portions of Wainscott are badly impacted. See sub page for impacts on these areas.
The decision makers responsible for recommending the "voluntary" transition paths are the airport manager, in consultation with the KHTO air traffic control chief, and the Eastern Region Helicopter Council.
We assume assorted local aviation groups also are consulted since their voices, unlike the voices of residents, are always represented by pilots and other members of the the Airport Management Advisory Committee.
Although Town Board members in the past were very involved in selection of transition paths (Wilkinson Administration), the current members of the Town Board, we were informed, do not make decisions on routes.
How the decision was made to this year target areas of East Hampton never before assaulted to the current extent, we do not know. The misery it has inflicted on some residents has spurred those folk to take action.