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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 from 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.

This entry was posted on Monday, June 23rd, 2008 at 1:13 pm by Ken Valenti. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
Category: Air travel, ARC, Uncategorized, Westchester Airport, Westchester County



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Khurram SaeedKhurram SaeedKhurram Saeed has been reporting for The Journal News since 2000. He writes about transportation issues in Rockland and has a weekly column called Getting There, which appears Wednesdays. READ MORE

Ken Valenti Ken Valenti Ken Valenti covers trains, planes and automobiles - not to mention buses and ferries - for Westchester and Putnam. He's been a reporter with The Journal News and its forerunners more than 20 years and has covered all four corners of Westchester County. READ MORE

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