Barnstable Airport Manager Breault to Retire Today

Barnstable Municipal Airport Manager Roland “Bud” Breault

HYANNIS – Barnstable Municipal Airport Manager Roland “Bud” Breault retires Thursday after more than five decades of a career in public service.

Breault, 75, previously served as a Coast Guard pilot for more than 30 years. He also served as Truro Town Administrator for eight years and helped to construct the Hyannis Youth and Community Center as a project manager for Barnstable’s Department of Public Works.

He has spent the last 9 and a half years managing the airport.

“I think the main success [during my time at the airport] is the project they really brought me in to do, in the beginning, was to get the terminal built,” Breault said.

Breault said another success was bring JetBlue to the Cape four years ago for a summer service between Hyannis and New York’s JFK Airport.

Daily non-stop service between the two locations has resumed through Labor Day.

“We’d really like to see that be extended but we haven’t been able to prove to the airline industry yet that we have that customer base here to be able to support that,” he said.

Breault said servicing passengers between the Islands is a challenge facing the airport moving forward.

“You have to be able to support the airport and the airlines that operate there if you want to continue to have a multi-faceted lifeline to the Islands,” he said.

Breault said that lifeline is not just the ferries and it takes a combination of transportation methods to get people out there.

“If you favor one more than the other you face the potential of losing one of them,” Breault said.

Planes can fly to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket at times when the seas are too rough to get passengers there.

“The problem is that you have reduced your planes to the point where maybe they are not available anymore,” Breault said.

The national pilot shortage for small airlines is also a concern moving forward for the airport.

“We are actively looking for ways to create programs to get more people interested in aviation at a young age and to get more people trained as pilots – and to hopefully keep them,” he said.

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