Westchester County Airport

Westchester County Airport(IATA: HPN, ICAO: KHPN, FAA LID: HPN) is a county-owned airport in Westchester County, New York,[1] three miles (6 km) northeast of downtown White Plains,[1] with territory in the towns of North Castle and Harrison, New York, and village of Rye Brook, New York. It is sometimes referred to as the White Plains Airport and is so identified by the Official Airline Guide (OAG).[3]

Public airport in Westchester County, New York
Westchester County Airport
Summary
Airport type Public-use
Owner County of Westchester
Operator AFCO AvPORTS
Serves White Plains, New York, Hudson Valley, New York metropolitan area, & Western Connecticut
Location North Castle, Harrison, and Rye Brook, New York
Hub for Tradewind Aviation
Elite Airways
Elevation AMSL 439 ft / 134 m
Coordinates

41°04′01″N073°42′27″W

Website airport.WestchesterGov.com
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HPN (the United States)

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Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
11/29 4,451 1,357 Asphalt
16/34 6,549 1,996 Asphalt
Statistics
Aircraft operations (2018) 151,368
Fixed-wing based aircraft (2018) 260
Scheduled enplaned arrival/departure revenue passengers (2020) 1,743,000
Source: FAA[1] and official airport website[2]

The airport primarily serves Westchester County, New York and Fairfield County, Connecticut; the New York-Connecticut state border runs along its eastern perimeter. Being approximately 33 miles (53 km) north of Midtown Manhattan, it is also considered a satellite or reliever airport for the New York metropolitan area.

HPN is currently serviced by five airlines, including regional code-sharing affiliates with scheduled flights for their major airline partners, to sixteen destinations throughout the United States. Three scheduled charter airlines also offer flights.

The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized HPN as a primary commercial service airport.[4] Per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 904,482 passenger enplanements in calendar year 2008,[5] 964,927 in 2009, and 999,831 in 2010.[6]

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Westchester County Airport was built during World War II in 1942 as a home to an Air National Guard unit to protect New York City and Rye Lake, part of the city’s water supply system. In May 1983, with the growth of suburban Westchester, the Guard unit abandoned Westchester Air National Guard Base and moved to Stewart International Airport, in Orange County.

The first scheduled airline flights were by American Airlines in late 1949 with a weekday morning flight from New York LaGuardia Airport to HPN continuing to Syracuse Hancock International Airport and beyond and returning in the evening. Mohawk Airlines replaced American in 1955; Mohawk and successor Allegheny Airlines served HPN until 1979. The first scheduled jet flight was a Mohawk BAC One-Eleven in 1965. Before the federal Airline Deregulation Act in 1978, the airport was served in 1976 by Allegheny Airlines BAC One-Elevens and by several commuter air carriers including Air Speed, Command Airways and Commuter Airlines.[7]Air Florida arrived in 1980 and United Airlines during the mid 1980s. American Airlines also resumed mainline service. On January 5, 2006, the last flight operated by regional carrier Independence Air left HPN for Washington, D.C. at 7:26 pm.[8]

Major airlines that previously served the airport include American Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Republic Airlines (1979-1986), United Airlines and USAir (now part of American Airlines). New start up carriers Air Florida, AirTran Airways, Carnival Air Lines and Midway Airlines also served the airport. AirTran Airways began service at the airport in 2006 with flights to Atlanta, Orlando and West Palm Beach. These flights ended on August 11, 2012. Smaller regional and commuter air carriers that previously operated flights included Air North, Altair Airlines, Business Express Airlines, Boston-Maine Airways (operating as Pan Am Clipper Connection), Brockway Air, Command Airways, Commuter Airlines, Continental Express (now United Express), Empire Airlines, Independence Air, Island Air, Mall Airways and USAir Express.[9][10]

These airlines operated the following jets to the airport:[9][10][11]

In the summer of 1981 Air Florida‘s timetable listed international nonstop Boeing 737-200 service to Bermuda from the airport.[12]

In June 2005, a drunken teenager and two of his friends stole a Cessna 172 from nearby Danbury Municipal Airport around 1AM and landed on a taxiway at Westchester County Airport around 4AM. The aircraft was low on fuel and allegedly flying erratically. HPN airport was closed at the time and no runway lights were illuminated. Police arrived on the scene and reported beer bottles falling out of the aircraft as they arrested the teens, all of whom were charged with various felonies relating to the unauthorized use of the aircraft, theft, and alcohol impairment.[13]

JetBlue began service at the airport in 2007 and is now the airport’s largest carrier with eleven daily round trips to five destinations, all in FloridaFort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Orlando International Airport, Palm Beach International Airport, Southwest Florida International Airport, and Tampa International Airport. JetBlue is the only airline that operates mainline jet aircraft at HPN year-round, offering flights on board the Airbus A320 and Embraer E190 aircraft. Delta Air Lines operates mainline aircraft at HPN only on a seasonal basis, using the Boeing 717-200 to fly to and from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

In June 2009, Cape Air commenced service to Westchester with flights to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. Cape Air introduced service to Lebanon Municipal Airport in New Hampshire in early 2010. All Cape Air flights depart and arrive from the Signature Flight Support facility south of the Main Terminal due to a lack of ticket counter space in the main terminal building.

In June 2010, a regional airline affiliate for Air Canada announced it would cease all flights into the airport. Commuter code sharing service with Beechcraft turboprop aircraft was flown on behalf of Air Canada for several years between the airport and Toronto.[10] This ended international flights until service to the Bahamas began in 2011. The airport currently does not have any international nonstop service.

On November 18, 2010, American Airlines ended its American Eagle regional airline service to the airport and instead introduced American Connection flights operated by Chautauqua Airlines as a replacement flying smaller Embraer ERJ-140 regional jet aircraft. Later, the American Connection name was dropped and American Eagle service returned.

In 2013, Delta Air Lines announced that it would begin seasonal service to Orlando starting in December of that year. Delta doesn’t serve this route anymore, with JetBlue being the only airline that currently does serve this route.

In December 2015, Tradewind Aviation began service to the Morrisville-Stowe Airport in northern Vermont.[14]

In August 2016, American Airlines announced nonstop service to Miami via its American Eagle subsidiary. Flights would depart twice-daily from HPN at 7 AM and 1:59 PM on Embraer E-175 aircraft operated by Republic Airways.[15] Service commenced on December, 15 2016, only to cease in late 2017. This was the first commercial airline service addition since AirTran Airways folded. This route is no longer served by American or Republic Airlines as of September 2021.

Between December 2 and 20, 2017, Delta Air Lines upgauged 1–2 flights on select days to Boeing 717-200 aircraft to test increased payload feasibility to HPN. This was necessitated by the airport’s limit of 240 arriving and departing passengers per half-hour; operators who exceed this cap are fined.[16]). As of the present time, Delta uses this equipment for flights on the HPN-ATL route on a seasonal basis along with the EmbraerE-175 and Bombardier CRJ900, with the latter being used on a full-time basis.

On November 13, 2018, JetBlue announced that it would be offering service to Nantucket Memorial Airport from HPN on a seasonal and 5x round-trip flight per week basis onboard the Embraer E190 stating in June 2019. It operated this route from early June to early October with 1 round-trip flight per day on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. JetBlue didn’t operate this route in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On April 27, 2020, the airport was closed to general aviation traffic for one week and commercial airlines for about a month so Runway 16/34 could be repaved, a project originally scheduled to span four months with construction only occurring from midnight to 6 AM. This decision was made in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic-related air travel cuts, which drastically reduced commercial airline service to the airport. Some operators were forced to ferry their aircraft to nearby airports where they could continue flights. This was the first total shutdown of a U.S. commercial airport for reasons relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.[17]

Several capital projects are planned, including a new US Customs and Border Protection facility and a new ARFF Station.

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