Martha's Vineyard Airport
|Marthas Vineyard Airport|
|IATA: MVY – ICAO: KMVY – FAA LID: MVY|
|Operator||Martha's Vineyard Airport Comission|
|Serves||Dukes County, Massachusetts|
|Location||Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts|
|Focus city for||Cape Air|
|Elevation AMSL||67 ft / 20 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Martha's Vineyard Airport (IATA: MVY, ICAO: KMVY, FAA LID: MVY) is a public airport located in the middle of the island of Martha's Vineyard, three miles (5 km) south of the central business district of Vineyard Haven, in Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States. This airport is owned by Dukes County and lies on the border between the towns of West Tisbury and Edgartown. It is often used for general aviation but is also served by four commercial airlines.
The call sign has entered into general use as an abbreviation for the island of Martha's Vineyard as well, much like ACK for Nantucket. One of the local radio stations goes by MVY and it's in general use as shorthand for the entire island.
For 12-month period ending May 14, 2006, the airport had 61,317 aircraft operations, an average of 167 per day: 54% general aviation, 46% air taxi and <1% military. There are 67 aircraft based at this airport: 75% single engine and 25% multi-engine.
Terminal and facilities
The terminal has a restaurant, passenger holding areas, check-in desks and a small luggage claim. The ramp has the ability to hold up to 50 aircraft with about 15 spots reserved for commercial aviation. The air traffic control tower is open from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm.
Along with the TSA, the West Tisbury Police Department is in charge of the security of the airport and the ARFF department is staffed by 10 full-time firefighters. The Martha's Vineyard Airport currently operates several fully functional emergency response vehicles.
The airfield was built in 1942 as Naval Auxiliary Air Facility Martha's Vineyard (NAAF Martha's Vineyard) to support training of naval aviators prior to their deployment to aircraft carriers in the Pacific Theater. Thousands of men received six weeks of intensive training there. The installation was renamed as a Naval Auxiliary Air Station (NAAS) in 1945, placed in caretaker status in 1946, and ultimately transferred to Dukes County in 1959.
The new terminal building, constructed in 2001, replaced an older wooden structure that was the original base operations building. Historical photos and memorabilia are mounted on the western wall of the main hall, near the entrance to the restaurant, and tell the story of the Navy squadrons posted there during the war.
Airlines and destinations
|Cape Air||Boston, Nantucket, New Bedford
Seasonal: Hyannis, Providence, Provincetown, White Plains
operated by Chautauqua Airlines
|Seasonal: New York-JFK|
|JetBlue Airways||Seasonal: New York-JFK|
|Tradewind Aviation||Seasonal: Westchester, Teterboro|
|US Airways Express
operated by Air Wisconsin
- FAA Airport Master Record for MVY ( PDF), retrieved 2007-03-15
- Defense Environmental Restoration Program (1994-10-01). "Archives Search Report - Martha's Vineyard Naval Auxiliary Air Station". U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Retrieved 2014-02-18.
- Martha's Vineyard Airport (official site)
- (PDF), effective March 6, 2014
- Resources for this airport: