Top 4 Airports to Consider When Chartering Jets To or From New York City

by PBJ Staff / Aug 15, 2014

New York City

New York City is one of the hottest destinations and departure points in the Private Jet Industry. As the center of the US financial markets, the fashion industry, and a major entertainment hub as well, New York is home to many private jet clients, as well as private jet operators. With over 8 million residents who are very mobile and fly on both private and commercial flights around the clock, 365 days a year, the city has many airports that it claims. From New York to New Jersey there are three major commercial airports including JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark International airport, and 4 main private jet airports within a reasonable driving distance from Manhattan, the center of all things New York.

Each executive airport has its strong points, and its drawbacks. As with LA, there is a most popular out of the group, but unlike LA, the popularity of this airport is sometimes baffling. Overall, airport preference in New York City is about time, because time is money. 5 minutes of added drive time is often not only an inconvenience, but might mean 5 minutes less in an important meeting. Each mission is different, and private jet passengers should look long and hard at the benefits of each airport, and their needs for the specific trip they are taking. It may come as a surprise the benefits you may have been missing!

Furthermore, choosing the best executive airports can offer cost savings since generally the landing fees in executive airports are less and flights are cleared for takeoff in less time due to less congestion. Here are our recommended executive airports for private jet travel while flying in and out of New York City.

KTEB – New Jersey – Teterboro Airport

Teterboro Airport

By far the most popular of the executive airports surrounding New York City, Teterboro airport in NJ is a busy private jet airport. With no commercial airlines, this small airport just across the river from Manhattan serves as a hub for the financial industry, and many other private jet fliers that live in Manhattan. Sitting on Hwy 1, TEB is just across the George Washington Bridge, or a short distance from the Lincoln Tunnel. When traffic is favorable the airport is the closest and shortest driving distance from downtown.

Besides being the most popular airport, Teterboro airport is also the oldest of the New York Area airports, dating back to 1919 and having been in continuous use since. The airport takes up almost the entire borough of Teterboro city, and is surrounded by residential areas. Because of this close proximity to neighborhoods, there are noise abatement procedures in place at TEB, namely a curfew, and weight limit of 100,000 lbs. The TEB Curfew is a voluntary curfew, which means if absolutely necessary, an aircraft can land or take off during these late hours, but the operator will receive a letter requesting that they refrain from this practice. After enough warnings, the operator’s privileges at this airport may be affected.

TEB is home to about 94 charter aircraft, and many more Part 91(privately operated) jets of all sizes. Besides these aircraft that call TEB home, there are many more transient aircraft daily, as local operators from other airfields will often position to TEB to pick up passengers, and floating fleet aircraft will often stop in at TEB to wait for their next mission. There are two runways at Teterboro – a 7000’ north south runway, and a 6000’ south west to North East runway. Both of these runways are long enough to support all sizes of jet traffic, but due to Teterboro’s popularity and proximity to other New York commercial airports, it often experiences delays. There are 5 FBOs at Teterboro, several of which also double as charter operators, and they are located around the entire field, offering many entry points, and catering to individual client preference.

Teterboro is often convenient for Manhattan residents, and offers great amenities. However, the surrounding areas are not scenic, there are often delays, and at the wrong time of day, Teterboro can be a nightmare to reach. However, it continues to be the most popular option, and there does not seem to be any sign of that slowing down!

KHPN – White Plains – Westchester County Airport

White Plains Airport

White Plains is most likely the second most popular departure point for private jet fliers in the New York area, being situated in northern Westchester County, with good access into and out of the city via such arteries as the Hutchinson Parkway. Arteries such as the Hutch, as it is called locally offer a convenient, car only, route that usually flows freely. Also, as West Chester is a very affluent area, home to many from the downtown financial district, it is conveniently situated in their home town. This also contrasts to Teterboro’s older residential areas, with green forested estates and rolling hills.

Unlike Teterboro, HPN is home to several airways and has a commercial terminal. However that terminal is only slightly larger than the surrounding FBOS, and private part 91 hangars. HPN is home to more Part 91 aircraft than any other airport in the country, with numerous fortune 500 company’s flight departments calling it home. This allows private jet users to continue to have the upper hand at this airport, and over rule the airline operations on major issues.

With is scenic layout, and convenient local for those that live north of the city or in near by Greenwich, and Stafford Connecticut, White Plains is an excellent option for arrival and departures. It is not subject to delays as often as Teterboro airport being well north of the major commercial traffic. Due to its lower popularity, the private jet operators at this field are more often free, and clients may save money by booking aircraft that are based there. There are a number of smaller jet and VLJ operators at HPN that have been known to make a really good deal for those willing to make the change.

FRG- Farmingdale – Republic Airport and ISP Islip – McArthur Airports

Islip Airport

Farmingdale and Islip airports are very close proximity on Long Island, east of the city of New York. Because of their close proximity we have linked them together here. Farmingdale airport lies on hwy 111, while Islip is conveniently located on the I 495 corridor, though it is a few miles further East. The airports are excellent for servicing clients that live on Long Island or even in the Eastern Boroughs of New York. There are two other airports on Long Island – East and West Hampton, which make Farmingdale and Islip a little less favorable for Hamptons area residents or travelers, but using them can save money of positioning aircraft out to the Hamptons. Islip is a commercial airport, so private flights are subject to delays during congested times, while FRG is a completely executive field, allowing for quicker take off land landings due to little traffic. The popularity of these airfields as executive airports has fallen off in recent years, as Teterboro airport has gained popularity.

Farmingdale Airport

Farmingdale has two jet length runways in a perpendicular pattern allowing for good access in all winds and inclement weather. Islip has 4 runways, 3 jet length, and one turbo prop length runway. The airports both have great modern FBOs, 2 major national chains at Farmingdale, and 3 at Islip. Both Airports are home to a number of excellent charter operators. Farmingdale has 45 Part 135 aircraft and Islip is home to 28, ranging from turbo props to full size Large Jets. Islip in particular has several newer Legacy 600 aircraft that are a slightly lower cost alternative to Gulfstream GIV type products.

The history of these two airports is equally fascinating. Farmingdale was built in 1927 by the aircraft manufacturer Sherman Fairchild. As his company grew he found he needed to found an airport to demonstrate and depart his newly built aircraft. Islip was founded in the 1940s when the town of Islip contracted with the US Government and military to create a new military airfield for the war effort. It is obviously named after the famous US Army General Douglas McArthur.

While these airports are not the first that passengers often think of when flying to New York, they should certainly be considered when planning flights into or out of the city. Depending upon the time of day and final destination of the passengers, either of these airports may be excellent alternatives. They offer lighter traffic, and equal facilities. I also can’t stress enough the savings that can come from an extra 5 minutes of drive time to travel to the home base of a charter aircraft. Often times clients may save 2 to 3 thousand dollars on a flight by departing out of a lesser traveled airfield.

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Teterboro Airport

White Plains Airport

Farmingdale Airport

Islip Airport

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