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Information compiled by ShhAir January 2001

How does Hanscom compare to other New England Airports?

It is the second busiest airport in New England.

Number of Operations

(An operation is a landing or a take off.)

Logan 479,000 (2000)

Hanscom 212,371 (2000)

Bradley (Hartford) 170,000 (2000)

T. F. Green (RI) 159,000 (2000)

Burlington (VT) 115, 000 (1999)

Manchester (NH) 109,000 (2000)

Worcester (MA) 55,000(1999)

How do operations this year compare to the previous year?

Total operations (takeoffs and landings) in 2000 were up 7.6% (from 197,302 in 1999 to 212,371 in 2000).

Jet operations, which have continued to increase since 1992, were up 26% for 2000 (20,242 over 16, 108 in 1999). Jets have increased 150% since 1992 (8,105 jet operations in 1992).

Twin/turboprops are up 61% (17,944 over 11,123 in 1999). (Shuttle America flies turboprops.)

Night operations (from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.) have increased 17% for 2000 (1918 versus 1622). They are up 38 % from 1998.

Noise complaints are up 272% over last year (13,649 versus 3672). Massport reports that there are more noise complaints at Hanscom than at Logan.

Total operations breakdown

Touch-and-go operations (flight schools) 36%

Single-engine pistons 42%

Civilian jets 10%

Twin engine pistons and turboprops 8%

Helicopters 3%

Military <1%

Additional Development Pressures

Shuttle America began flying to LaGuardia on November 1, 2000 and increased flights in January.

Shuttle America has more than doubled its current operations since September 1999.

Massport has announced plans to replace two old hangars with new ones and to add a 13,000 square foot hangar, plus 2600 square foot office space, infrastructure to serve corporate jet aviation.

The Raytheon hangar has been vacated and will now be disposed of by the Navy. Massport has expressed an interest in acquiring it.

Massport has announced an $800,000 project to expand and upgrade passenger facilities in the civilian terminal and to upgrade the parking lot for passenger convenience.

The Air Force will be relocating 1,000 Mitre employees to the base, adding to ground traffic problems.

Virginia Buckingham, Executive Director and CEO of Massport, continues to state that she sees Hanscom as appropriate for several commuter airlines.

Massport officials continue to place Hanscoms overall capacity at 320,000 operations with the current infrastructure.

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