PBIA off to a busy start in 2017 after surge in New Year’s travelers



Traffic at PBIA on Jan. 2, 2017

Traffic at Palm Beach International surged on Monday, with more than 700 aircraft carrying New Year’s travelers taking off or landing at the airport.

In an email to Palm Beach County commissioners on Tuesday, Airports Director Bruce Pelly warned that the increased traffic could result in a spike in noise complaints from residents living in the airport’s flight path.

“If your office has received complaints regarding noise or flight path, yesterday’s traffic was very heavy resulting in fanning north and south,” Pelly wrote to commissioners.

There were 710 airplanes that either took off from or landed at PBIA on Monday (Jan. 2), Pelly said. Just over 500 of those flights occurred between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., he added.

On a typical day, the airport handles between 350 to 390 flights, with roughly 270 occurring between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Pelly said.

The airport handles both commercial jets and private general aviation airplanes.

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