Barnstable Municipal Airport
Barnstable Municipal Airport, located in Hyannis, Massachusetts
on Cape Cod, provides commercial and general aviation services to
Boston, New York and the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.
It is owned by the Town of Barnstable and managed by the Barnstable
Municipal Airport Commission and its staff.
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Located on 623 acres, the airport is home to Cape Air,
Nantucket Airlines, Island Airlines, and Rectrix Aviation along with
other charter, corporate and general aviation aircraft operators.
JetBlue operates daily service to JFK-New York in season.
A 2014 state study found that the airport has a direct economic
impact of $119.2 million a year on the Cape Cod community. The
analysis, by the Aeronautics Division of the Massachusetts
Department of Transportation, calculated the value of jobs, payroll
and business generated by the airport and its tenants, along with
The study found there is a measurable multiplier of an additional
$88.7 million a year produced by the recirculation of money spent
locally by airport businesses and the people employed there.
Overall, the study determined that Barnstable Municipal Airport
generates 2,135 jobs, an $85.3 million payroll and $208 million a
year in direct and indirect benefits.
Today, the airport consists of a new 35,000 sq. ft. passenger
terminal, a new 85 ft. air traffic control tower, and a new vehicle
access road—all opened at the end of 2011— extensive parking
facilities, new aircraft ramps and taxiways, a rescue and
maintenance building and an aircraft fuel farm. More than 40 private
tenants lease hangar space on parts of the airport property.
Passengers are served by airline ticket counters, car rental
agencies, an art gallery/shop, TSA security equipment and an online
flight tracking system allowing real time views of arriving and
The Hyannis Airport originated in 1928 as a single grass runway
before being taken over by the Town of Barnstable in the 1930s.
During World War II, it was expanded to three 4,000-foot runways for
the Army Air Corps and used by aircraft on anti-submarine patrol.
The Navy later assumed control of the airport for pilot training.
After the war, the airport was returned to the town as a two-runway,
municipal airport, serving all of Cape Cod.