Tue, Nov 30, 2021 • Westchester Airport
Airport Update: Progress Made
PEPA is writing about progress being made in the fight against aircraft noise. There is good news to report. We also would like to acknowledge our members who are part of the PEPA AirNoise Button Campaign. Your efforts are making a difference!
Earlier this week the Coalition to Prevent Westchester County Airport Expansion issued a press release that we want to share. As a member of the Coalition, PEPA works to lobby the County Government and airport management to adopt new noise-reducing aviation procedures.
Excerpt from Press Release: Westchester Airport Watchdog Group Applauds County's Enforcement of Airline Regulations (December 2021)
The Coalition to Prevent Westchester Airport Expansion applauds the Latimer administration's formal notice (letters) to end flights out of private terminals at the county airport that violate county law. In early November, the County's airport manager, Avports, sent letters* to the three companies, calling on them to adhere to local law, which requires any entity selling single seats to the public for travel on aircraft with more than nine seats to use the airport's main terminal and conform to the Terminal Use Regulations ("TUR"). These letters were sent at the behest of the Latimer administration. The TUR was enacted by the County Legislature in 2004, after it adopted a policy opposing airport expansion. It limits airlines to 4 flights and 240 passengers per half hour.
"The County has acted to protect the TUR, which is our most powerful weapon against runaway airport expansion," declared Coalition Chair George Klein. "And by doing so it protects the Kensico Reservoir, which lies less than a tenth of a mile from the airport and supplies drinking water for most of Westchester's population, as well as millions of people living in New York City."