Montauk Airport

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Montauk Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerMontauk Airport Inc
ServesMontauk, New York
Elevation AMSL7 ft / 2 m
Coordinates41°04′36″N 071°55′14″W / 41.07667°N 71.92056°W / 41.07667; -71.92056Coordinates: 41°04′36″N 071°55′14″W / 41.07667°N 71.92056°W / 41.07667; -71.92056
MTP is located in New York
Location of airport in New York / United States
MTP is located in the US
MTP (the US)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
6/24 3,246 989 Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft operations30,361
Based aircraft12

Montauk Airport (IATA: MTP, ICAO: KMTP, FAA LID: MTP) is a privately owned, public use airport located three nautical miles (6 km) northeast of the central business district of Montauk, in Suffolk County, New York, United States.[1] It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a reliever airport.[2]

The airport is located on East Lake Drive between Lake Montauk and Block Island Sound. It is the easternmost airport in New York State.[3]


Montauk Airport was constructed in 1957 to improve access to the East End community, which was being developed as a summer resort.[4] Perry Duryea Jr., a former pilot of the Naval Air Transport Service, was one of the early partners of the corporation that developed the airport, and often piloted his own plane between Montauk and Albany while serving as a member of the New York State Assembly.[5][6] The following year, regular flights were proposed between Montauk and LaGuardia Airport in New York City during the summer season for use by vacationers and sport fishermen.[7]

In 1961 there was attempt by Suffolk County to buy the airport and turn it into a county airport however the deal fell through.[8]

The small airport has been used by various celebrities visiting the Hamptons including the Mick Jagger who was inspired to write a 1976 song Memory Motel based on an actual Montauk motel. He and Bianca Jagger had been staying at the estate of Andy Warhol near Montauk. Other celebrities spotted at the airport included Sarah Ferguson, Nicole Kidman, Robert De Niro, Jimmy Buffett, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Lou Reed.[9]

In 2007, Montauk Airport received two grants from the Federal Aviation Administration to install an Automated Weather Observing System to provide pilots with current weather conditions at the airport and a Precision Approach Path Indicator to visually alert pilots if they are on the glidepath while preparing to land.[10] An additional grant was received from the FAA in 2008 to install taxiway edge lights.[11]

In July 2012 the airport was listed as for sale by descendents of the original owners including Duryea's son Chip with Douglas Elliman Real Estate agents Paul Brennan and Ronald White. The price of the property is $18 million.[12][13]

East Hampton town (which owns the much bigger East Hampton Airport 15 miles west of the Montauk airport), Suffolk County and the State of New York have all said they do not have the funds to buy the airport. They have said the airport would be legally required to remain an airport until 2019 since it had received an FAA grant in 2009. Under zoning requirements it could be divided into six residential lots.[8]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Montauk Airport covers an area of 40 acres (16 ha) at an elevation of 7 feet (2 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 6/24 with an asphalt surface measuring 3,246 by 75 feet (989 x 23 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending September 10, 2010, the airport had 30,361 aircraft operations, an average of 83 per day: 83.5% general aviation and 16.5% air taxi. At that time there were 12 aircraft based at this airport: 75% single-engine and 25% multi-engine.[1]

Airlines and Destinations[edit]

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  • On March 7, 2009, a Cirrus SR22 went off the runway and burst into flames while practicing a takeoff from the Montauk Airport. The student pilot and instructor escaped from the aircraft without injuries.[14]
  • On July 31, 2007, a Piper PA-28-181 crashed into trees at the Montauk Airport after aborting a landing and attempting a go-around. The pilot was uninjured and rescued by an airport employee and two people from a nearby beach.[15]
  • On July 7, 2003, a Piper PA-34-200T crashed into the waters of Big Reed Pond in Montauk County Park after taking off from the Montauk Airport, killing the pilot and two passengers. The men had gone out earlier in the evening on a fishing trip for striped bass and were flying back to Republic Airport during the middle of the night. The plane was discovered the next morning by a family canoeing in the pond.[16]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for MTP (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
  2. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A (PDF, 2.03 MB)" (PDF). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. External link in |work= (help)
  3. ^ CF-19 (Map) (35th ed.). 1:1,000,000. World Aeronautical Chart. Federal Aviation Administration. October 27, 2005.
  4. ^ "Work to Start Soon On Montauk Airport". The New York Times. September 29, 1957. Retrieved 2009-08-30.
  5. ^ Drumm, Russell (January 15, 2004). "Perry Duryea, Lobsterman, Leader: Montauker Went to Albany, Was Republican Candidate for Governor in 1978". The East Hampton Star. Retrieved 2009-08-30.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Molotsky, Irvin (June 18, 1978). "Long Island Journal". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-10-12.
  7. ^ "Airline to Offer Montauk Service". The New York Times. April 20, 1958. Retrieved 2009-10-12.
  8. ^ a b Hewitt, Janis (August 2, 2012). "Montauk Airport Is on the Market". The East Hampton Star. Retrieved 2014-04-26.
  9. ^ "Montauk airport for sale for $18 million". Daily News. New York. Associated Press. August 10, 2012. Retrieved 2014-04-26.
  10. ^ "Bishop Announces $75,000 Worth of Grants for Montauk Airport Safety" (Press release). Congressman Tim Bishop. July 26, 2007. Archived from the original on July 8, 2010. Retrieved 2009-08-30.
  11. ^ "Bishop Announces $67,000 Grant for Safety Lighting at Montauk Airport" (Press release). Congressman Tim Bishop. June 11, 2008. Archived from the original on July 8, 2010. Retrieved 2009-08-30.
  12. ^ "Montauk Airport is on the market for $18M". The Real Deal. July 31, 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-04.
  13. ^ "428 East Lake Drive Montauk NY". Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate. Retrieved 2012-08-15.
  14. ^ Drumm, Russell (March 7, 2009). "Plane Skids Off Runway, Instructor and Student Pilot Uninjured". The East Hampton Star. Retrieved 2009-08-30.[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ Hewitt, Janis (August 2, 2007). "Crash Landing at Airport; Federal Grants". The East Hampton Star. Retrieved 2009-08-30.[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ Hewitt, Janis (July 11, 2003). "Cause Unknown As Flight Home Ends in Pond. Three Men Killed in Mysterious Descent". The East Hampton Star. Retrieved 2009-08-30.[permanent dead link]

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