|With its $40 million improvement program complete, the Barnstable Municipal Airport Commission is moving ahead with several initiatives in 2013.
At a strategic retreat held in June 2012, the commissioners set several priorities for the immediate future. Priority #1 focuses on the need to increase
airport revenue. To that end, commissioners are actively exploring the establishment of a limited, airport-operated or contracted fixed-based operator
(FBO) facility on the East Ramp of the airfield. This would generate new income through an enhanced level of service to operators of private aircraft
including corporate jets.
Commissioners are also examining the development potential of airport-owned land adjacent to the airfield and the increased sale of jet fuel in high volume
at discount prices. Additionally, the airport is actively exploring the installation of solar panels on the airfield, in cooperation with the Cape and
Vineyard Electric Cooperative and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), to produce electricity and reduce energy expenses.
A major priority for the commission is the finalization of a development agreement among the airport, the Town of Barnstable and the Cape Cod Commission.
Late in 2012, the Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs approved the airport’s final environmental impact report, a key element of its
long-range master plan and development agreement. You may read an executive summary of the report highlighted elsewhere on this page.
Another priority for the year is the need to establish new air service to destinations beyond Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard and Boston. The airport
commission is in active collaboration with the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce to advertise and market its facilities and services to new carriers serving
business travelers and visitors; additionally, it is exploring other options for air service development.
The airport wants to build community support for its initiatives and remains engaged with business leaders, elected officials, civic groups and its
neighbors in the community. It maintains an active media relations program to communicate its objectives and programs to citizens using print, broadcast
and online social media. It is involved with town and regional planners who are working to improve access to and around the airport by implementing the
Hyannis Access Study.
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