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Ambitious Year Ahead in 2014 

Airport commissioners and management have sketched out an ambitious agenda for 2014-15, planning important physical and service improvements. Much of it depends on the availability of federal and state grants.

Taxiway Alpha Relocation

Work has begun on the reconstruction and replacement of the aircraft taxiway adjacent to Runway 15/33, parallel to Barnstable Road. The taxiway will be 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 has begun to build the second phase of the aircraft parking apron on the airfield side of the passenger terminal.

Centralized Deicing

Construction 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.

Air Service Marketing

Now that we have a first-class terminal, control tower and access roads, the airport is shopping for new air carriers to provide scheduled and charter service beyond Boston, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. Experienced consultant Daniel Fortnam of Marstons Mills has been retained to research local and regional airline passenger traffic and prepare presentations to candidate airlines. He will make the case for Hyannis as an air service hub that can satisfy public demands for expanded service. Additionally, the airport will be stepping up efforts to generate new revenue from real estate holdings inside and outside the airfield fence.

FBO Initiative

In May, 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.

Whatever the outcome, the airfield’s East Ramp (along Route 28) will be reconstructed in 2014, beginning in the spring. The work is expected to be completed by November, pending receipt of state funds.

Airfield Solar Panels

Nearly 30 acres of ground-based panels to collect the sun’s energy will be built on the airfield opposite the terminal. 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 reduce 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 is expected to begin installing a new high-capacity electric cable 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.

Above-ground Fuel Storage

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is currently funding 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. Construction will begin in 2015, pending the availability of funds.

Development Agreement

Much of the planned improvements are part of the airport’s draft Master Plan, as required by the Development of Regional Impact (DRI) agreement negotiated by the airport and the Cape Cod Commission. The agreement is expected to be finalized in 2014.

Questions about any of these projects should be directed to Airport Manager Bud Breault at Roland.Breault@town.barnstable.ma.us.



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