Figuring out how you’re going to transport your family and all that luggage to and from an airport — Car service? Rental? Long-term parking? — is enough to make you need a vacation in itself or, worse, the dreaded “staycation.” Luckily, you can skip the mad dash to JFK or LaGuardia with a quick trip over to one of the greatest secrets Westchester keeps from the outside world: Westchester County Airport.
“HPN,” as the flyboys call it, has been running commercial flights since 1949 and now serves more than 1.5 million passengers per year, traveling to nine states, plus our nation’s capital. Snatch up a direct flight to any of these cities for your next vacation, business trip, or even as a savvy way to avoid longer or more expensive layovers on lengthier trips.
The most popular travel destination out of Westchester County Airport, Florida has a host of arrival airports serviced from JetBlue. Flights are available to:
• Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
• Fort Myers (RSW)
• Orlando (MCO)
• Tampa (TPA)
• West Palm Beach (PBI)
American Airlines flies direct to Miami, FL, while Breeze Airways offers flights to Jacksonville (JAX), Sarasota (SRQ), and Vero Beach (VRB).
Whether you’re looking to attend spring break, hit up the surf and sand, visit Universal Studios or Disney, or even attend a trade show, HPN has you covered.
For more down-home vacations, Westchester is still the way to go. American Airlines offers flights to major transit hub Charlotte, NC (CLT), while Breeze Airways flies to Charleston, SC (CHS). Delta flies directly to Atlanta, GA (ATL), so whether you’re aching for some authentic Southern cooking or want to scope out the Coca-Cola Museum, we just want to get you there fairly cheap and easy.
Weekenders, “summerers,” and just anyone who loves spending some time up in New England will be very happy with the offering from Cape Air, which offers direct flights to Lebanon, NH (LEB) for ski lovers. Delta flies directly into Boston, which allows you to watch the iconic Red Sox and Yankees rivalry in person.
Delta also flies into Detroit Metropolitan, a major international airport, so it’s great for layovers on your way to farther destinations, or just if you’re a fan of the Motor City. Full of museums and nightlife, Detroit is a lovely and vibrant city (even if they cook their pizza in weird little pans).
American Airlines and United both run flights to and from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Again, this makes it a major destination for those flying farther west or looking to save a little cash with a strategic layover. It is, coincidentally, another fantastic place for Westchesterites to try a regional favorite the locals (heretically) refer to as pizza. Also you can visit that museum from Ferris Bueller and take the best vacation photos ever.
American also provides service to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in our nation’s capital. While most of us in Westchester are probably comfortable taking the five-ish hour drive down to Washington to visit the historic sites and world-class museums, there are times when a quick flight down is just more convenient. Be it for a Nationals game, rally, or a little bit of light National Treasure photo reenactment (we’re not judging), HPN can have you there and back in a jiff.
Lastly, in a new turn of events, Breeze Airways offers direct flights to LAX. This is the only direct flight from Westchester that touches down in California. Whether you are headed out for the sunny beaches, to walk down Hollywood Boulevard, or to chase your dreams as a movie star, it’s all achievable thanks to HPN.
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