Important infrastructure and service improvements
planned for 2014-15 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
By mid-November 2014, work was scheduled to
conclude on the reconstruction and replacement of the aircraft taxiway adjacent
to Runway 15/33, parallel to Barnstable Road. The taxiway is moving 50 feet 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 is finishing up the second
phase of the aircraft parking apron renewal on the airfield side of the
Air Service Marketing
With the resounding success of the 2014 season’s
daily JetBlue service to/from JFK in New York, the airport is continuing to shop
for new 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 first-class presentations to candidate airlines across the
country. He is making 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
East Ramp Reconstruction
The airfield’s East Ramp (along Route 28) has been
fully reconstructed. The project was completed in late September, ahead of
schedule and within budget.
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 NSTAR to make a connection to its grid.
Electricity generated by the panels will be used
to power airport and town water facilities and resold to third parties through
Vineyard Electric Cooperative.
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.
Work is underway on the installation of a new
NSTAR 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. The
cable will run underneath one airport runway and provide added capacity to
businesses and homes in Hyannis and Yarmouth.
Work is continuing 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 November 2014.
Above-ground Fuel Storage
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is funding final
design and engineering of 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. The project
will be put out to bid in the fall of 2014 with construction to begin in late
winter or early spring 2015. Construction funding will come from the airport’s
enterprise fund reserves.
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. The taxiway is being moved an additional 50 feet away from the center
of the runway to afford an added margin of safety to moving aircraft.
Questions about any of these projects should be
directed to Airport Manager Bud Breault at