Rutland Regional Airport adds summer flight to Boston
This summer, Cape Air, the airline that serves Rutland-Southern Vermont Regional Airport will be adding a fourth daily round-trip flight to Boston-Logan International Airport. The decision to add a fourth flight comes after a record number of passengers used Cape Air in 2011. Last year, Cape Air carried over 11,600 passengers in and out of the Rutland Airport. That is a 21% increase over Cape Air’s first full year of service in 2008.
“We are very pleased to see Cape Air adding these flights to the Rutland-Southern Vermont Regional Airport and improving regional connectivity to Boston,” commented Vermont Agency of Transportation Secretary Brian Searles. “The State of Vermont is going to continue to invest in this airport to improve its functionality to support the regional and state economy. We see a bright future for air travel from Rutland-Southern Vermont Regional Airport,” said Searles.
Cape Air has been able to effectively serve the Rutland Airport through the Essential Air Service Program, a program that subsidizes flights to rural airports that are geographically distant or isolated from large or medium-hub airports such as Boston-Logan or Bradley International Airport in Connecticut. Cape Air serves the Rutland Airport with one of the lowest subsidies in the country. In fact, the fourth round-trip flight that began on June 29th will be completely unsubsidized.
As a commercial service airport, Rutland-Southern Vermont Regional is only the second airport in the State of Vermont with scheduled passenger airline service. Located in the south-central part of the state at the base of both the Taconic and Green Mountains, the airport is strategically located amongst the southern resorts, providing the fastest transportation option for vacationers and business travelers alike.
“The support from the local community has helped Cape Air to flourish. We are delighted to have the opportunity to offer an extra unsubsidized flight for the summer schedule. We look forward to the future growth out at the airport,” said Jacqueline Donohoo, Northeast Marketing Manager, Cape Air.
For more information about Cape Air service in Vermont, please visit their website at www.capeair.com or call 866-CAPE-AIR. To learn more about Rutland-Southern Vermont Regional Airport and all of Vermont’s state airports please visit: http://aviation.vermont.gov/
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Marji Graf, CEO, Okemo Valley Chamber of Commerce
Jacqueline Donohoo, Northeast EAS Marketing Manager, Cape Air
Dave Carman, Manager, Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport
Jerry Hansen, Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
Guy Rouelle, Aviation Program Administrator, Vermont Agency of Transportation
Rep. Peter Fagan
Brian Searles (cutting the ribbon), Secretary, Vermont Agency of Transportation
Rep. Herb Russell
Andrew Bonney, Vice President of Planning, Cape Air
Dave Correll, 1st Vice President, Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce
Jay Morel, Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
Tom Donahue, Executive Vice President/CEO, Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce
Rep. Gale Courcelle
Michael Pires, Cape Air, Rutland Station Manager.