Barnstable Municipal Airport announced Tuesday that Cape Air will step in and conduct freight flights to Nantucket. Island businesses and individuals were left in the lurch when Island Airlines abruptly shut down on December 11. According to a Barnstable Municipal Airport release, airport officials immediately began to search for ways to continue the vital flow of product and passengers to and from the island.
Hyannis-based Cape Air immediately pitched in on the passenger side adding 24 additional flights (12 round trip flights) between Hyannis and Nantucket last week. But the freight flights required more planning between the airport, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Cape Air. "The potential loss of freight would prove detrimental, given that Island Airlines brought various goods and services to the residents and businesses on the island," said Assistant Airport Manager Katie Servis.
Cape Air President Linda Markham said her company began working with the airport and TSA as soon as the closure of Island Air (and Cape & Islands Freight) was announced. "Knowing how important it is to have convenient, consistent service between Hyannis and Nantucket, particularly for the business, medical and service industries, we have made this endeavor a top priority."
Freight service via Cape Air will begin on Wednesday, December 30 from the Cape Air ticket counter. The airport will be establishing temporary parking dedicated to freight carriers, the release said.