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How to Take a Seaplane to the Hamptons This Summer

May 28, 2014 at 12:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

The decision to spend a summer weekend on the beaches of Long Island need not begin with dread for the long train ride/car trip/bus journey to the Hamptons. There are other options, but a faster, more comfortable ride will of course cost more. Prices have gone up $25 from summer 2013, but they're still competitive.

Did somebody say seaplane? In 35+ minutes from Manhattan's East River seaplane port, small planefuls reach the shores of East Hampton, Montauk and beyond.

Here are the two companies with regularly scheduled flights:


The plane: Cessna 208 Caravan floatplane, seating 8
The destinations: Manhattan to East Hampton and Shelter Island. Previous year's destinations of Montauk, Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, Provincetown and beyond are available if you charter the entire plane. Flights run through September 15.
The prices: Starting from $550 per person, one-way, for NYC to/from East Hampton. In past years, StndAIR has offered initial $99 seats on flights, so long as they fill up.
Freebies: rosé wine, Swedish fish in-flight snack, a toiletry kit from Aesop, a collection of short stories, and an in-flight edition of The Standard's "StandardCulture" publication.
Official website

Fly the Whale

The plane: Cessna 208 Caravan floatplane, seating 8. Formerly owned by Jimmy Buffett.
The destinations: Manhattan to East Hampton, Atlantic City, Westchester to Nantucket or Hyannis, Martha's Vineyard, and anywhere along the eastern seaboard via charter, including landing yacht-side.
The prices: $550 per person, one-way, for NYC to/from East Hampton. They also offer $99 last-minute rates publicized on their Facebook.
Freebies: None, but "frequent whalers" receive significant discounts for purchasing packs of 10 or 20 flights.
Official website

[Photos: StndAIR, FlytheWhale]

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