Cape Air now offering air service to Boston

PLATTSBURGH Its up, up and away for those wanting to fly the friendly skies to Beantown USA. Cape Air, an air service provider based out of Hyannis, Mass., officially began offering nonstop service to and from Boston at Plattsburgh International Airport Feb. 12. The airline now offers three nonstop flights daily to and from Bostons Logan International Airport. Flights from Plattsburgh International depart at 6:35 a.m., 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and flights from Logan International arrive at 10:29 a.m., 12:20 p.m. and 5:05 p.m. In addition to Plattsburgh International, Cape Air is operating Cessna 402 aircrafts for daily service at Adirondack Regional Airport in Saranac Lake. Cape Air received the contract for air service with both airports in January after being the sole airline in the bidding process. Plattsburgh airport manager Chris D. Kreig said while he has not yet had any direct communication with Cape Air passengers, he has not heard anything negative about the airlines service. [Cape Air] has been pretty reliable getting in and out of here, which is something I could not say for Big Sky, said Mr. Kreig. Big Sky Airlines was the carrier which previously offered air service to Boston until it ceased local operations Jan. 7. Big Sky president Fred de Leeuw cited a combination of unusually bad weather, disappointing revenue and record high fuel prices for the reasons behind the decision. However, some passengers reportedly expressed discontent with the airlines frequently delayed and canceled flights. According to Cape Airs Web site, the airline has also begun a partnership with JetBlue Airways Corporation to provide easy connecting service beyond JetBlues Boston focus city to four new destinations served by Cape Air. Those destinations include Nantucket, Marthas Vineyard, Provincetown and Hyannis, all in Massachusetts. Customers of flights operated by Cape Air will be able to book travel on a single itinerary for JetBlue destinations that connect in Boston, including airports in New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle and Washington, D.C., beginning March 19. Cape Air is an excellent part of our transition from the kind of airport weve been in the past to the kind of airport were now well on our way to becoming in the future, said Garry F. Douglas, president of the Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce. It gives us a starting point for hub connectivity that we hope to build on ideally with them. Mr. Douglas said it has been indicated Cape Air officials would be inclined to introduce additional service and larger aircrafts if customer demand is there. We cant say enough to encourage people, including our business members in their business-related travel, to make as much use of Cape Air as possible, Mr. Douglas added. Thats what will get us to the point of developing additional air service down the road. An informal reception regarding the airline is scheduled for this Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the airport located off State Route 22, south of the city. The reception will begin at 1 p.m. Cape Air now joins existing service to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, Fla., offered by Allegiant Air. Myrtle Beach Direct Air and Tours is scheduled to begin service to Myrtle Beach, S.C., and St. Petersburg, Fla., March 15.

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