Flights from New York to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket this weekend will be under some restrictions thanks to President Obama’s plans to attend two fundraisers near Westchester, N.Y.
The FAA has issued a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) around White Plains for a large part of Friday, all-day Saturday, and most of Sunday. Page Six reports that the restriction is throwing off some wealthy New Yorkers with scheduled private flights out to the Hamptons, Nantucket, and the Vineyard.
“This will create a perfect storm on a holiday Friday, creating air-space havoc between New York City and Boston,” Melissa Tomkiel, the president of flight companies Fly the Whale and Tailwind, told Page Six.
The flight restrictions won’t have any impact on regular commercial flights, Martha’s Vineyard airport manager Sean Flynn told Boston.com.
“Most of our pilots are already used to flying in and out of a TFR because we’ve had the President visiting here so many times,” Flynn said. “People that truly fly in and out of the Vineyard are already used to traveling like this.” Those not used to the restrictions, though, may have a more difficult time navigating them, he added.
Those restrictions come as Obama is set to attend two fundraisers in Westchester this weekend. The first will be a 250-person Labor Day BBQ hosted by Wall Street banker and Obama golf buddy Robert Wolf, a Democratic National Convention spokesman said. The second fundraiser is a small roundtable for 25 people in New Rochelle. Guests will donate up to $32,400 to the DNC to attend each of the fundraisers.