NY airport for sale; serves jet-setters but not jets

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Associated Press

Posted on August 10, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 10 at 4:01 PM

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — It's an airport that serves the jet set, but it doesn't allow jets.

New York's Montauk Airport, which features a 3,200-foot landing strip, one small hanger and an office, is up for sale.

A listing with Prudential Douglas Elliman has an asking price of $18 million. The airport is located on the far eastern tip of Long Island, about 120 miles from midtown Manhattan.

Over the years, airport manager Helen Gil says she has seen celebrities from U2's Bono and Paul McCartney to locals like Billy Joel and Paul Simon coming and going.

The airport was opened in 1957 by businessman and state lawmaker Perry Duryea (DOOR'-ee-ay), who later ran for governor. He died in 2004.

Because of its size, it's too small for jets to land there; only propeller planes and helicopters.

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