Now well into the “Hamptons Season”, vacation-seeking New Yorkers are no stranger to the weekend traffic that lines the Long Island Expressway. But those desperate for a way to bypass the traffic and get themselves to the Hamptons’ sunny shores sooner have opted for a more luxurious mode: private jet.
The Wall Street Journal recently launched a “Jet Tracker” database, which allows users to view nearly every private jet flight in the United States between 2007 and 2010. The results revealed that “jet setting” out to the Hamptons is far from a new idea.
Thousands of corporate jet flights have landed in the Hamptons in the four-year period, delivering the world’s elite straight to both the East Hampton Airport and Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton Beach.
The most frequent jet to make the trip is owned by the Cleveland Browns, who have made a total of 390 trips to East Hampton in the four-year span, 60 of which departed from LaGuardia or Teterboro in New Jersey.
Jimmy Buffett’s Sails in Concert company has also made quite a few trips to the Hamptons. In fact, one of Buffett’s planes was recently purchased by charter company Fly the Whale, and now offers 40-minute one-way flights to the Hamptons. More information about The Whale seaplane can be found in Haute Living’s Jimmy Buffett’s Seaplane blog post.
The “Jet Tracker” database is accessible here. To find corporate jet flights, use the destination code HTO for East Hampton Airport and FOK for Westhampton Beach.