Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Department of Transportation extends support for Cape Air Albany flights

Cape Air will continue to fly from Massena to Albany and Boston for another two years, and from Ogdensburg to Albany and Boston for another four years, after the U.S. Department of Transportation renewed their contracts under the Essential Air Service program.

Cape Air, which uses nine-passenger Cessna 402 aircraft on the routes, received strong support from local officials, with the Ogdensburg City Council voting unanimously “to endorse Cape Air as the provider of choice.”

Cape Air’s reliability and its community support also gave it an edge in Massena, according to the USDOT.

Cape Air will provide three daily round-trips between Albany and Massena, and between Albany and Ogdensburg, with each of the flights continuing on to Boston.

Ogdensburg subsidies will total $2,419,820  in the first year of the four-year contract, rising to $2,721,968 in the fourth year. Massena subsidies will total $2,608,773 in the first year and $2,713,124 in the second year.

Cape Air operates a maintenance base at Albany International Airport. Hyannis Air Service, operating as Cape Air, is based at the Barnstable Municipal Airport in Hyannis, Mass.

Source: http://blog.timesunion.com

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