Violations of curfews at East Hampton Airport climbed in the second week of the new restrictions on flight times, with charter jet and helicopter operators being responsible for most of the infractions.
The number of flights in and out of the airport during the legal hours of operation also climbed from the July 4 weekend.
Ten aircraft broke the morning and evening curfew; three of them were outside the abridged landing and takeoff window for particularly loud aircraft, according to airport manager Jemille Charlton.
In the first four days of the curfew, which included the July 4 weekend, just four aircraft broke the curfews. Three were charter jets owned by NetJets and World Wide Jet. The fourth was a small private propeller plane that landed 10 minutes before the curfew expired.
General airport traffic over the most recent weekend climbed even from the busy July 4 weekend. Last weekend, the total operations at the airport were about 800, and this weekend the number is believed to be more than 1,000, though the numbers have not been finalized, the airport manager said.
Specifics about who the operators of the planes that broke the curfew on the second weekend were not yet available early this week, as airport officials must verify the information reported by the curfew enforcement equipment.
“But it’s been predominantly the charter operations,” Mr. Charlton said. “Mostly right on the shoulders [of the curfew]. We do get some in the middle of the night, but they’re few and far between. Complaints are still through the roof.”
Through each of the first two weekends since the curfews went into place, complaints from residents have climbed, despite hopes that the curfews would reduce the number of complaints by eliminating the late-night flights that had spurred the largest numbers of complaints. Both last weekend and this past weekend, complaints totaled more than 1,000 through calls to the noise complaint hotline and website.