Small Plane Veers off Airport Runway; None Injured
Steve Myrick

A six-passenger aircraft veered off the main runway at the Martha’s Vineyard Airport shortly before noon Saturday when the plane’s landing gear collapsed. The pilot, a passenger, and a dog, were unhurt, officials said.

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In Drill, First Responders Train for Crash Disaster
Steve Myrick

Martha’s Vineyard Airport safety teams staged a disaster drill at the airport Sunday simulating the crash of a 50-passenger aircraft.

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Contract and a Raise for Airport Manager
Olivia Hull

The manager of the Martha’s Vineyard Airport has a new contract that comes with a big salary increase. The airport commission voted to renew Sean Flynn’s contract through 2018, with a 20 per cent increase from the contract he signed in 2010.

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JetBlue to Offer Flights Between Vineyard and Boston
Sara Brown

Starting this summer, JetBlue Airways will begin running seasonal nonstop flights between the Vineyard and Boston. JetBlue announced Tuesday that service will begin June 17, with daily flights through Sept. 7.

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High Cost of In-House Attorneys Questioned at Airport
Olivia Hull

Ongoing internal clashes at the Martha’s Vineyard Airport are now focusing on an unseen, but costly presence at meetings of the airport commission: legal counsel. Two Boston attorneys routinely participate by phone at a cost of $525 an hour.

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Executive Session Set Following Domestic Incident Involving Airport Manager
Olivia Hull

The Martha's Vineyard Airport Commission has called a special meeting in executive session for next Wednesday following a domestic disburbance involving the airport manager.

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Two Airport Commissioners Ousted
Olivia Hull
The Dukes County commission voted Wednesday to appoint two new airport commissioners, ousting longtime commissioner John S. Alley and Benjamin L. Hall Jr.
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Workplace Dispute Puts Airport in Spotlight
Olivia Hull
A Martha's Vineyard Airport employee is at the center of a tangled web of charges and countercharges, including a complaint filed with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.
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Trains, Planes, Automobiles: Summer Transit Options Expand
Olivia Hull

Expanding transportation services among airlines, ferries, buses and trains have made the Vineyard more accessible than ever this summer.

Four airlines are now operating summer service between the Island and three major metropolitan areas. And two months ago train service began between Boston and the Cape that connects with a shuttle to the Steamship Authority.

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Attorney Rules on County Airport Wage Discrepancy
Katie Ruppel
The Martha’s Vineyard airport commission has the authority to establish salaries for its employees independently of other county employees salaries, an attorney for the Dukes County commission said. In a letter sent by email to county manager Martina Thornton on Dec. 11, Darren Klein, an attorney with Kopelman and Paige wrote: “In my opinion, as long as the airport commission has sufficient funds appropriated through the enterprise fund or otherwise, the airport commission has the authority . . . to fix salaries as it sees fit.”
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