The contract of Cape Air in Massena is coming to an end. The airline had been so far serving Massena community as Essential Air Service provider ever since 2008 after Big Sky Airlines stopped serving there. Cape Air’s contract is due to expire on April 1, 2017, and it will thus stop offering its flights to Massena. However, the San Francisco-based Cape Air will still continue to conduct flights services from Ogdensburg and Saranac Lake.
Media reports said that the U.S. Department of Transportation has selected Boutique Air after agreeing to the choice of the Massena Town Council. The airline will be serving the community as the new Essential Air Service provider for the next two years. According to the reports, Massena Town Councilmen heard presentations from Boutique Air and Cape Air officials in December last year, and finally voted unanimously in favor of Boutique Air after which recommendations about the airline was made to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Cape Air was offering thrice daily flights to Albany and Boston from Massena. However, Boutique Air will be conducting thrice daily flights services from Massena to Baltimore and Albany. The airline will offer once daily flight to Baltimore, while Albany will be served with twice daily flights.
Joseph D. Gray, Massena Town Council Supervisor, said, “We’re pleased that Boutique Air has been selected as the new Essential Air Service provider. Though, I can also at the same time say that the decision is somewhat bittersweet. Cape Air was providing good service. It can be said that it was quality service and reliable. In fact, Cape Air came to the aid of Massena at a time when there was no air service and the community was facing difficulties. This was the time when Big Sky Airlines ended its operations in 2008 as Essential Air Service provider. The airline then made a good decision as the service was not up to the mark.”