Hanscom High Flyers: Private Jet Excess Doesn’t Justify Airport Expansion Report Summary
29 September 2023
Based on a comprehensive analysis of private flights traveling to and from Hanscom Field over an 18-month period, we find that the expansion would primarily serve the wealthiest travelers in the region, many who frequently take short-hop flights to recreational and luxury destinations. [...] • The private jet flyers on the 20 most active jets at Hanscom Field took 3,240 flights, a number that includes both arrivals and departures. [...] These 20 aircraft accounted for more than 10 percent of all Hanscom Field private jet flights during the 18 months we studied and 14 percent of total carbon emissions, releasing an estimated 14,930 tons of carbon emissions. [...] Hanscom Field’s “High Flyers” — the top 20 private jet travelers using Hanscom Field — are profiled in full in the report. [...] #1 frequent took a whopping 387 flights over the 18-month period, including 112 flights to and from Nantucket and 159 flights to and from Teterboro Airport outside New York City.