Seaplane Service Made Easier: Cape Air Expands Routings, Merges Operations with Cape Air

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With a combined 70-year legacy, Cape Air and Cape Air become one, delivering seaplane service to the Northeast – and beyond.

(HYANNIS, MA, April 18, 2019) – Cape Air has combined operations with Connecticut-based Cape Air to provide passengers with greater convenience and connectivity while traveling across the Northeast. In an effort to expand its footprint, Cape Air will assume operations for regular seasonal commuter service including flights between the 23rd Street Seaplane Base in New York City to East Hampton, Shelter Island and Montauk. In addition, service between the 23rd Street Seaplane Base and Provincetown will be offered this summer.

The merger sets the foundation for Cape Air’s plans to launch seaplane operations in Boston Harbor, with service to New York’s East River at 23rd Street.

“Our companies already share a similar culture and overarching commitment to both safety and service,” said Linda Markham, President of Cape Air. “As a result, with 70 years combined experience, this partnership of talents supports Cape Air’s ongoing mission to bring seaplane service back to Boston Harbor, for the first time since 1946. We are thrilled that our customers and partners will now have access to an extraordinary portfolio of travel options and are delighted to serve travelers in a new and exciting way.”

Cape Air President John Kelly said that they had looked at several other options before choosing to partner with Cape Air. “The deciding factor was Cape Air’s dedication to a culture of support for their employees and their extensive track record of maintaining the highest level of safety standards. We were impressed by their employee training, their aircraft maintenance, and their commitment to excellence in operations and in customer service, all components of our own business philosophy. With this merger we will be able to expand the reach of seaplanes throughout the Northeast and other regions as well, providing scheduled service, on-demand charter, and seamless travel options to customers of both companies.”

Cape Air was founded in 1980. Now in its 40th year, it is the largest seaplane operator on the East Coast, providing aircraft charter and management services throughout the Northeast, Florida, The Bahamas, and the Caribbean. Their fleet of ten Cessna Caravan Amphibians include three new Cessna Caravan EX aircraft, offering larger cabins with more interior space which provide every passenger a window seat and more legroom. The EX also features an 867 horsepower Pratt & Whitney Turbine Engine and larger Wipline 8750 floats for better handling in rough water. They are equipped with state-of-the-art avionics for navigation and communications, with XM weather capability and Synthetic Vision Technology.

Heading into its 30th year, Cape Air is one of the largest independent regional airlines in the United States, serving over 35 cities in the US and the Caribbean. The employee-owned company, based in Hyannis, Massachusetts, has grown from three flights a day between Provincetown and Boston in 1989 to a fleet of 84 Cessna 402s, 4 Britten-Norman Islanders, with up to 400 flights a day and service to over 500,000 passengers annually. Cape Air has been recognized as “One of the Top Ten Small Airlines in the World” by Condé Nast Traveler.

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