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
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
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.
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.
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.
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