HYANNIS – Today marked the final day of Jet Blue’s service between New York and Hyannis for this summer season, the inaugural season of the service.
According to statistics released by the Barnstable Airport, over 12,000 people flew between John F. Kennedy Airport and Hyannis over the past 11 weeks, June 26 and September 7, and airport officials hope that leads to expanded service next summer.
Officials are also hoping that other carriers will consider establishing service between Barnstable and other cities as a result of Jet Blue’s success.
On average, flights on the airline’s 100-seat Embraer twin-engine jets were 85 percent full for the once-a-day service this summer.
According to Barnstable Municipal Airport officials, the results confirm the belief that there is great potential for expanded air service from Hyannis to points beyond Boston and the nearby islands.
“JetBlue recognized that promise and responded with superb service that drew customers in numbers beyond our original expectations. It was all about convenience, speed and quality,” according to a statement from the airport.
Cape Cod’s tourism officials said that JetBlue’s New York service enhanced a successful summer season on Cape Cod and helped lift the overall economy here.
Airport officials say they have invited JetBlue to return in 2015 with service that begins earlier in the calendar and extends into the fall.
The airport is also reaching out to other regional air carriers, urging them to learn from JetBlue’s success and establish new air service between Cape Cod and more distant destinations.