Trump Pre-Inaugural Flight and Runway Repairs Cause Delays at New York’s LaGuardia Airport

By Paul Riegler on 20 January 2017
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LaGuardia Airport viewed from above

LaGuardia Airport viewed from above

Then President-Elect Donald Trump’s flight from New York City to Washington, D.C. on the day prior to his inauguration and the prospect of frequent commutes on his part gave travelers pause as they contemplated whether they might face even more delays flying in and out of New York City’s LaGuardia Airport.

Mr. Trump arrived at the airport shortly after 11 a.m. on Thursday and flew to Washington on an Air Force Boeing 757, not his own Boeing 757 aircraft.

Following his inauguration Friday, he will no longer be able to fly in his personal aircraft but only in Air Force aircraft for security reasons. Any aircraft that the president is in, however, carries the designation Air Force One although he will typically travel in one of the two customized Boeing 747-200B aircraft in the presidential fleet that carry the official designation Special Air Force Mission or SAM 2800 and 2900.

The 45th president’s departure took place at the same time the airport had to temporarily close one of its two runways for emergency repair work. The runway reopened around 11:45 a.m., shortly after Mr. Trump took off for the nation’s capital.

The president’s narrow-body 757 is far smaller and has far less range than the two Air Force One planes, which are wide-body 747s with in-flight refueling capabilities, an anti-missile system, an on-board hospital, and a blast-resistant outer skin. The Trump 757, on the other hand, has 24-karat gold-plated seat belts and lavatory fittings, plush carpeting, and cream-colored leather seats.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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