UPGRADES CONTINUE AT AIRPORT
Important infrastructure and service improvements 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
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 terminal.
Air Service Marketing
With the resounding success of the 2014 season’s daily JetBlue
service to 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 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 (along Route 28) has been fully
reconstructed. The project was completed in late September 2014, 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. This may happen as soon as
late winter/early spring 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 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.
NSTAR Cable Upgrade
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. A conduit for the cable has
been installed underneath one runway. The cable itself may be installed in
Spring 2015, to provide added capacity to businesses and homes in Hyannis and
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 fund
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.
Questions about any of these projects should be directed to
Airport Manager Bud Breault at