Cape Air has discontinued off-season flights between Hyannis and the Island due to low demand, the Hyannis-based airline announced Monday.
The change is effective Oct. 22.
“The passenger numbers just aren’t there to sustain a business,” said Michelle Haynes, spokesperson for Cape Air. “For us to continue offering the service that the passengers were just simply not signing up to fly . . . didn’t make good business sense.
In a standoff with the state ethics commission, state senator and gubernatorial candidate Dan Wolf is publicly disputing a commission opinion that his role as owner of Cape Air is a conflict of interest. The ethics commission is standing behind its opinion and strongly refuted a statement posted by Senator Wolf online this week.
Mr. Wolf, a Democrat, represents the Cape and Islands in the state senate. He founded Cape Air 25 years ago and now has a 23 per cent stake in the company.
Airlines providing regional service between the Vineyard and Logan International Airport could receive relief from proposed hikes in landing and takeoff fees under a plan submitted by the Massachusetts Port Authority to federal regulators earlier this month.
The exemption program is one element of Massport's peak pricing proposal, which would raise landing fees at the Boston airport during peak hours to $150 per landing and departure.
Cape Air will begin direct service between Martha’s Vineyard and New York June 12, starting with a daily flight between West Tisbury and White Plains Airport in Westchester County.
The airline is ready to increase the number of flights per day at any time if demand is there, according to director of communications Michelle Haynes. “We will add planes, no question, if people want this and are going to do it,” she said. The service is set to continue through Sept. 28. As of Wednesday, 26 seats had been sold on the route.
He is a pilot who became the owner of an airline that became one of the best small business success stories in the country. And now Dan Wolf, the owner of Cape Air, has decided to add politics to his CV. Mr. Wolf has announced he will run for the Cape and Islands seat in the Massachusetts senate that Rob O’Leary will vacate this year, when he makes his own bid for the seat in U.S. Congress that will be vacated by Rep. William Delahunt, who is stepping down.
Cape Air will resume seasonal non-stop service today, June 15, between TF Green Airport in Providence, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.
There will be between four and eight daily flights (depending on the day of the week) between Providence and Martha’s Vineyard and between three and seven daily flights between Providence and Nantucket. The flight schedule will increase as summer travel peaks in July and August.