As the last JetBlue flight of the 2014 season departed Barnstable Municipal Airport Tuesday, Airport Manager Roland "Bud" Breault called the first of its kind service a success. Over the course of eleven weeks more than 12,000 passengers used JetBlue's daily service between Hyannis and John K. Kennedy Airport in New York City.
At the end of July Breault reported that the flights were running on average about 80% full. Yesterday Breault had even better numbers to share with the season ending with an average of 85% seat occupancy per flight.
"There's no doubt that JetBlue's New York service enhanced a successful summer season on Cape Cod and helped lift the overall economy here," Breault said in a statement.
Not only did the seasonal service eliminate traffic delays and hours in the car for visitors to the Cape, it made a trip to the Big Apple a snap for Cape Codders planning their own reverse getaway.
The Barnstable Municipal Airport has invited JetBlue to start up the once daily service between the Cape and New York City in 2015. The airport is also reaching out to other air carriers in hopes of increasing flights to and from the airport in Hyannis to points far from Cape Cod.
This season, JetBlue flew a 100-seat Embraer E190 between New York and the Cape. There is no word yet from JetBlue on the likelihood of the service returning next summer and Hyannis remaining the air carrier's 86th official destination.