Thursday, September 25, 2014

Town council renews hangar lease with Cape Air: Massena International Airport (KMSS), New York

MASSENA –– Members of the town council voted last week to renew a hangar lease with Cape Air for the next seven months.

Town Supervisor Joseph D. Gray said he was hoping that the airport’s new T-hangar would be completed by now, but without the new hangar he suggested signing another short-term lease with the airline.

“We had hoped to have the T-hangar ready, which would have been heated,” Gray said, adding once Cape Air is able to move into the new hangar it would be wise for the town to increase the company’s rent.

“That would have allowed us to increase their rent a little bit,” he said.

Without completion of the new hangar, Councilman Albert N. Nicola suggested keeping the rent the same, $1,000 per month.

Gray said the new hangar should be complete by the time the latest lease agreement expires. Until then the airline will continue to use an unheated hangar.

“They’re going to be back in the that hangar with no door,” Gray said.

The new hangar, which will be used by Cape Air, is one of 10 that will be built at the airport, giving Massena the capacity to hold 20 planes once the new hangars are finished.

Two of the bays will be large enough for commercial use, built with Cape Air and the New York Power Authority in mind. The remaining eight hangar bays will be available for rent.

At previous meetings, Frank Diagostino, who serves as both airport manager and the town’s highway superintendent, said he frequently field phone calls from people looking to rent hangar space.

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