What is American Airlines’ seasonal service to Hyannis about?

HYANNIS – An inaugural American Airlines flight touched down on a hot tarmac at Cape Cod Gateway Airport shortly after noon Wednesday, the first of many flights the airline will now fly through the summer months from both New York and Washington, D.C.

The Embraer 175 plane, which served on American Airlines Flight 4601 and carried 27 passengers from New York’s LaGuardia Airport, was greeted by a water cannon salute from the airport fire station and an array of regional and airline carriers.

Airport Manager Katie Servis said during a ceremony marking the flight’s arrival that the American Airlines service underscores the airport’s commitment to the Cape Cod region.

“With more than 250,000 residents traveling to as far away as Boston and Providence for their flights year-round, we said we have to do better, we have to provide more travel options to the Cape and Islands,” Servis said.

She said the flight is the culmination of months of hard work to bring the airline to Gateway Airport. Wednesday’s launch is the first of many daily American Airlines flights from LaGuardia, Servis said, with flights to and from Washington, D.C.’s Reagan National Airport beginning June 22.

“I was out to dinner with my friends and family about a year ago when they told me the news,” she said. “I jumped out of my chair at that moment.”

The newly announced flight services went on sale October 23, with ticket prices ranging from $200 to approximately $400. American will have two daily flights to and from Hyannis with connections to LaGuardia and Reagan respectively.

‘Proof of your faith in Hyannis’

“Welcome to Gateway Airport and to the village of Hyannis on beautiful Cape Cod,” Airport Commissioner John Griffin said during the ceremony. “This aircraft is a testament to your faith in Hyannis and all of Cape Cod.”

Noelle Pina, chief of staff for the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, said at the ceremony that the service is expected to boost the local economy by attracting tourists from around the country and the world, making Cape Cod more accessible as a tourist destination. She said local residents now have easy access to American Airlines’ 200 destinations.

“We have seen international tourists from all over the world and especially… Great Britain, Germany, India, France, China, Brazil, Italy, Korea, Ireland and Spain are showing great interest in visiting Cape Cod,” Pina said . “They tend to book longer stays, which contributes to the economy and further establishes our reputation as a destination of choice worldwide.”

Concerns about growth

The airport, on 639 acres in Hyannis, serves both commercial and general aviation. JetBlue is operated by the Cape Cod Gateway Airport Commission and the City of Barnstable and offers daily seasonal service to JFK-New York in addition to American Airlines’ new seasonal service.

The airport has had to deal with it public scrutiny in the recent past due to a $22 million runway extension coupled with a decline in the number of flying activities in recent decades. Some in the community have called for operations to be moved to Joint Base Cape Cod and the current site converted to housing or other municipal uses.

Despite concerns, Servis said in an October interview with the Times that the runway extension will support the existing aircraft customer base and prepare for the possibility of new airlines that may want to operate from Gateway.

During the ceremony, Servis said the passengers on Wednesday’s flight came from Memphis, Tennessee, Dallas Fort Worth, Miami, Florida, Louisville, Kentucky, Washington, DC, Chicago O’Hare, Cleveland, Ohio, Greensboro, North Carolina and Richmond. ,Virginia.

“It provides our Cape Cod community with access to several cities, gives them immediate options to get here directly to Gateway Airport, and provides our residents with greater service and convenience to connect anywhere in the world,” Servis said. “We are global.”

Walker Armstrong reports on all things Cape and Islands, focusing on courts, transportation and the Joint Base Cape Cod military base. Contact him at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @jd__walker.

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