Greetings from Bud Breault, Airport Manager
group of important infrastructure and service improvements at the
airport are reaching fruition. Airport commissioners and management
have sketched out an ambitious plan to address long-term needs, many
of which depend on federal and state grants.
Taxiway “Alpha” Relocation Done.
In November 2014, work
concluded on the reconstruction and replacement of the aircraft
taxiway adjacent to Runway 15/33, parallel to Barnstable Road. The
taxiway was moved away from the center of the runway to afford an
added margin of safety to moving aircraft. As part of the same
project, the airport finished the second phase of the aircraft
parking apron renewal on the airfield side of the passenger
Air Service Marketing.
With the resounding success of the
2014 season’s daily JetBlue service to JFK in New York, JetBlue will
be returning for the 2015 season. The airport is continuing to shop
for new additional air carriers – to offer scheduled and charter
service beyond New York, Boston, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.
Consultant Daniel Fortnam of Marstons Mills is making presentations
to candidate airlines across the country. He is outlining the case
for Hyannis as a hub that can satisfy public demands for expanded
service. Additionally, the airport is stepping up efforts to
generate new revenue from real estate holdings inside and outside
the airfield fence.
East Ramp Reconstruction Complete.
The airfield’s East Ramp
(parallel to Mary Dunn Way) has been fully reconstructed. The
project was completed in late September 2014, ahead of schedule and
Airfield Solar Panels.
Nearly 20 acres of ground-based
panels to collect the sun’s energy and generate electricity have
been installed on the airfield. The next step is for Eversource
(formerly NSTAR) to make a connection to its grid. This may happen
in the late winter/early spring of 2015. Electricity generated by
the panels will be used to power airport and town water facilities
and resold to third parties through the
Cape and Vineyard Electric
When fully in use, the panels are expected to shrink the airport’s
carbon footprint, reduce its electricity costs by more than 17
percent and provide more than $7 million in revenue over 20 years.
Eversource (NSTAR) Cable Upgrade.
Work is underway on the
installation of a new high-capacity electric cable on the airfield,
along its easement between Mary Dunn Road, near A-1-A Steel, to Mary
Dunn Way off Route 28. A conduit for the cable has been
installed underneath one runway and the new East Ramp. The cable
itself may be installed in spring 2015, to provide added capacity to
businesses and homes in Hyannis and Yarmouth.
Work is underway on a new centralized
deicing pad that will replace three others now scattered around the
airfield. The state-of-the-art facility will reduce the use of
hazardous materials. It will incorporate an environmentally-friendly
process to automatically collect and separate fluids and route them
directly into the town’s sewer system. Deicing fluids now have to be
vacuumed manually before they are deposited into the sewer. The pad
is expected to be finished in early 2015.
Above-ground Fuel Storage.
The airport is poised to award a
contract to build a 60,000-gallon, above-ground,
environmentally-friendly jet fuel storage center. It will replace a
20-year-old underground tank which has one-third of the capacity of
the new one. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of
2015. Construction funding will come from the airport’s enterprise
Taxiway “Charlie” Relocation.
Preliminary design and scoping
for the reconstruction and replacement of the aircraft taxiway
adjacent to Runway 6/24 (parallel to Yarmouth Road) is underway,
with reconstruction planned for early fall 2015, pending receipt of
FAA funds. The taxiway is being moved away from the center of the
runway to afford an added margin of safety to moving aircraft.
All of this progress will enhance the
economic importance of the airport. A just released state economic impact study showed that the airport and its
tenants provide more than 2,135 jobs to the region, annual wages and
benefits exceeding $85.3 million, and annual goods and services of
more than $208 million. There can be no doubt that we are a vital
economic engine on Cape Cod.
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