EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Activists in the Hamptons are so frustrated with aircraft noise that they have launched a fight to get their regional airport shut down.

As WCBS 880’s Mike Xirinachs reported, anti-noise activists said there are better uses for the more than 600-acre East Hampton Town Airport – code letters KHTO.

“We need a recreational space for young people. Affordable housing is at the top of the list,” said Patricia Currie, a spokeswoman for and founder of the group Say No to KHTO.

Currie said she now believes closing the airport is the only way to end to the torment of summertime helicopter noise, and to restore silence and sanity for Long Island East End residents.

“We’re robbed of the enjoyment of our homes at the best time of the year,” Currie said.

Town officials have repeatedly said closing the airport is not an option.

  1. susankeber88 says:

    The aircraft noise pollution is impacting the entire east end of Long Island. Commuter taxi helicopters, seaplanes, jets, and other winged aircraft are incessant. The curfew in place is often ignored and the beauty of the east end, with its pristine beaches, harbors, land preserves and trails is being ruined. Additionally toxic fuel emissions are spewing over the all and this is environmentally dangerous. Profiteers and immediate gratification individuals are destroying our homes and lives. The town owned airport was intended for recreational aviation enthusiasts, not commuter taxi services.

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