I’ve lived in Westchester for more than a decade, and last month was the first time I flew through HPN, aka the Westchester County Airport in White Plains. After that easy-breezy experience, I wondered why we hadn’t done it sooner. It’s so much smaller and easier to navigate than JFK or LGA. And it’s so close, meaning the cab ride is cheaper. We were home within half an hour of the plane touching the ground.
Well, a main reason why we hadn’t tried it sooner is because HPN services a limited number of U.S. cities, and nothing international. Still, this doesn’t mean that you can’t leave the country by taking a layover from one of its destinations — we were going to Mexico and hopped on a transfer in Atlanta. And one of the cities that HPN does access is Orlando. So all of your Disney World vacations can begin and end in White Plains.
Some other destinations served by HPN include Charlotte, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Chicago, Stowe, Detroit and several Cape Cod and Florida airports.
Of course, a smaller airport has its disadvantages. There’s limited food service (you won’t find Shake Shack here!) and if your flight gets cancelled you’ll have very few options. This happened to one of our friends this past February during a snowstorm, and their Disney trip was cut short by a day. Still, the feeling of being able to waltz through security and be at your departure gate within 10 minutes of entering the airport is priceless.
The verdict? Book a flight through HPN during the winter months at your own risk! But it’s definitely nice to know that it’s an option for the rest of the year. We would use it again.
Westchester County Airport, 240 Airport Road, White Plains; 914-995-4860
Photo courtesy of Westchester County Government.