Hyannis-New York flights discontinued

Hyannis-New York flights discontinued

By Sarah Shemkus

sshemkus@capecodonline.com

July 10, 2010 2:00 AM

Trying to fly from Hyannis to New York City?
You can’t get there from here.
Colgan Air, which had operated seasonal flights between Hyannis and LaGuardia Airport for US Airways Express for many years, will no longer be serving the route, Barnstable Municipal Airport manager Roland “Bud” Breault confirmed yesterday.

The discontinuation of the route means that no airlines currently offer scheduled, direct service between Cape Cod and New York.
“They’re gone,” Breault said. “They left after the end of last year’s season and they’re just not coming back.”
The decision to stop serving the route was made by Colgan rather than US Airways, said a spokesman for the national airline. A Colgan spokesman did not return calls for comment yesterday.
Colgan continues to operate flights for US Airways Express to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.
The reason the airline chose to maintain service to the Islands while stopping service from Hyannis may boil down to supply and demand, said travel expert Christopher Elliott.

“Typically, an airline will decide to offer service to a destination if there’s demand for it,” he said. When a route is discontinued, he said, “usually it’s just economics, that they can’t find a way to make money.”
So far, no airlines have expressed interest in filling the airport space left vacant in Hyannis by Colgan’s departure, Breault said.
“What we now have is an extra counter for anyone who would like to come in,” he said. “We’re putting out feelers.”
Rectrix Aviation, which currently runs charter flights from the Hyannis airport, has plans to offer scheduled service to New York within the next year or two, though it will probably be catering to higher-end travelers than the US Airways Express service targeted.
Rectrix CEO Richard Cawley has previously explained that the service would cater specifically to executive business travelers.

“The departure of US Airways has no effect on our plans,” Cawley said yesterday. “We’re apples, they’re oranges.”
The news of Colgan’s departure from Hyannis comes during a time of change for the airline. Earlier this month, parent company Pinnacle Airlines Corp. acquired competing regional air carrier Mesaba Aviation from Delta Air Lines for $62 million. Pinnacle also announced its intention to phase out the Colgan brand name over time, though it did not give a timeline for the change.
Eventually, Pinnacle will operate all of its services as two airlines: Pinnacle, which will fly jets, and Mesaba, which will fly turboprop airplanes.
Colgan and Mesaba have regularly competed with Hyannis-based Cape Air for regional routes around the country that are part of the federal Essential Air Service program. That system offers subsidies to airlines that provide service to rural areas that might otherwise become isolated from the national air travel system.

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