So, why does East Hampton hate it’s airport? It seems like a good idea, the only road out to the Hamptons is a skinny 2 lane road. The only issue is the noise. Residents claim that the noise is unbearable. Many want to close the airport. Just because of the noise. Since 2001 The facilities are required to be open for public use and comply with the federal “Airport and Noise Capacity Act”, which limits the town’s ability to control airport operations. It’s a busy General Aviation Airport. With 9000 flights during the summer months. The airport does contain louder aircraft, including fixed wing and private jets, but the airport contains essential aircraft. East Hampton does not have a hospital, just a clinic. East Hampton airport houses Med-Evac aircraft. These aircraft will fly during medical emergencies, to a Hospital miles down the island.
So, what’s happening now? East Hampton Airport may be closed for good. In September of this year East Hampton Town will get control over its airport. Either shutting it for good, or adding extreme noise ambient procedures. The Airport has tried to tell its residents the advantages of having the airport, including supporting local businesses, and showing how big of an economical change the airport provides. Change will come to the airport, only time will tell what that change will be.
Photo originally found in NY Times