Fewer flights, more passengers
Fewer planes and helicopters are taking off from and landing at Westchester County Airport, but the number of airline passengers leaving is up, a monthly report from the Westchester County Department of Transportation shows.Through May, the airport recorded 64,404 take offs and landings, down fromÂ 69,670 from the same period last year. Of those, 16,222 were airline flights carrying passengers this year, down from 17,162 last year.At the same time, 581,061 passengers used the airport through April, up from 465,726 the same time last year.Passengers are a major source of revenue for the airport, which does not use county tax dollars. Each airline passenger flying from the airport pays a $4.50 charge that goes to the airport fund.The number of flights taking off from midnight through 6:30 a.m., the hours the county asks operators to refrain from flying to control noise nuisance for people living near the airport, also declined. Through May, the airport recorded 1,833 take offs and landings during the Voluntary Restraint from Flying, or VRFF period. That was down from 2,037 during the same period in 2007.