infrastructure and service improvements planned for 2014-15 are well underway.
Airport commissioners and management sketched out an ambitious plan last year to
address long-term needs, many of which depend on federal and state grants.
mid-2014, more than half of the work is complete on the reconstruction and
replacement of the aircraft taxiway adjacent to Runway 15/33, parallel to
Barnstable Road. 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. As
part of the same project, the airport is rebuilding the second phase of the
aircraft parking apron on the airfield side of the passenger terminal.
early success of this 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.
Experienced consultant Daniel Fortnam of Marstons Mills has prepared first-class
presentations to candidate airlines. 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 airfield fence.
2014, consultant Hoyle, Tanner & Associates is scheduled to recommend whether
the airport should provide improved facilities and amenities to operators of
private aircraft and, thereby increase general aviation business. The report
will include a cost-benefit analysis and advice on whether new or renovated
facilities are needed and cost effective.
outcome, the airfield’s East Ramp (along Route 28) is being
reconstructed. As of mid-year, the $5 million project was about half finished –
on schedule and within budget. The work is expected to be completed by November.
acres of ground-based panels to collect the sun’s energy and generate
electricity are nearing completion on the airfield. 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 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. The panels are expected to be
connected to the grid by year’s end.
NSTAR is expected to complete 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. The cable will run underneath one airport
runway and provide added capacity to businesses and homes in Hyannis and
will begin in the fall 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.
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 by late summer 2014
with construction to begin as soon as possible. Construction funding will come
from the airport’s enterprise fund reserves.
Taxiway “Charlie” Relocation
design and scoping for the reconstruction and replacement of the aircraft
taxiway adjacent to Runway 6/24 (parallel to Route 28) will begin in August
2014, with reconstruction planned for 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.
about any of these projects should be directed to Airport Manager Bud Breault at