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December 11, 2017
Flight risk: President Trump's visits to Mar-a-Lago shifts air traffic

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Air Force One touches down at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach.

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Flight risk: President Trump's visits to Mar-a-Lago shifts air traffic

Mike Vogel | 5/24/2017

President Trump’s frequent visits to Palm Beach and consequent federal restrictions on general aviation nearby have proved a bane to local airport-based businesses — but a boomlet to outlying airports.

In February, when the president’s weekend visits occurred most frequently, general aviation traffic was down 13.5% at Palm Beach International. (There was no impact on commercial flights.) But at Boca Raton’s municipal airport, the number of flight operations jumped to 400 and 500 during presidential visits, compared to 200 to 250 on a normal weekend in the high season.

Palm Beach County Glades Airport, at Pahokee on Lake Okeechobee, Witham Field in Stuart and Fort Lauderdale Executive also saw a spike in activity.

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