Nantucket Memorial Airport

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Nantucket Memorial Airport
Airport type Public
Owner Town of Nantucket
Location Nantucket, Massachusetts
Hub for Cape Air
Island Airlines
Elevation AMSL 48 ft / 15 m
Coordinates 41°15′10.4″N 070°03′32.4″W / 41.252889°N 70.059000°W / 41.252889; -70.059000Coordinates: 41°15′10.4″N 070°03′32.4″W / 41.252889°N 70.059000°W / 41.252889; -70.059000
ACK is located in Massachusetts
Location within Massachusetts
Direction Length Surface
ft m
6/24 6,303 1,921 Asphalt
12/30 2,696 822 Asphalt
15/33 4,000 1,219 Asphalt
Statistics (2006)
Aircraft operations 163,810
Based aircraft 33
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Nantucket Memorial Airport (IATA: ACKICAO: KACKFAA LID: ACK) is a public airport on the south side of the island of Nantucket in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. The airport is owned by the Town of Nantucket and is located three miles (5 km) southeast of the town.[1] It is the second busiest airport in the state, after Logan International Airport.[2]


Nantucket Memorial Airport covers an area of 1,200 acres (490 ha) which contains three runways:[1]

  • Runway 6/24: 6,303 ft × 150 ft (1,921 m × 46 m), Surface: Asphalt
  • Runway 12/30: 2,696 ft × 50 ft (822 m × 15 m), Surface: Asphalt
  • Runway 15/33: 4,000 ft × 100 ft (1,219 m × 30 m), Surface: Asphalt

For the 12-month period ending April 30, 2006, the airport had 163,810 aircraft operations, an average of 448 per day: 74% air taxi, 26% general aviation, <1% scheduled commercial and military (636). In 2006, there were 33 aircraft based at this airport: 48% single engine, 48% multi-engine and 2% helicopters.[1]

Terminal and facilities[edit]

Cape Air Cessna 402 being unloaded at Nantucket in 2005

In 2009, the terminal was updated with an upgrade of the previous 12,000 square feet (1,100 m2) and an expansion of 18,000 square feet (1,700 m2) at a cost of approximately $29 million. A major goal of the expansion was to increase the capacity of the terminal substantially over the original 1950s facility. Another goal was to segregate air-taxi passengers, who do not require security screening, from airline passengers, who do.[3]

The airport apron for commercial aircraft has eight parking spots for Cessna 402 aircraft mainly operated by Cape Air and Nantucket Airlines and to a lesser extent from Island Airlines, These parking locations are also utilized by island Airlines new fleet of Cessna 208 Caravan aircraft which are beginning to replace the airlines Cessna 402s. There are also four larger parking spots for the Jetblue E190, US Airways CRJ-200, Delta CRJ-200 and United Dash 8 Q-200. More spots are available if needed. Most of the parking is reserved for general aviation aircraft. Across from the terminal, there is a cargo facility where some of Nantucket's imports are handled.[citation needed]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Cape Air Boston, Hyannis, Martha's Vineyard, New Bedford
Seasonal: Providence, White Plains
Delta Connection Seasonal: New York-JFK, New York-LaGuardia
Island Airlines Hyannis
JetBlue Airways Seasonal: Boston, New York-JFK
Nantucket Airlines Hyannis
Tradewind Aviation Seasonal: Teterboro, White Plains
United Express Seasonal: Newark
US Airways Express Seasonal: Washington-National

Up through the 1990s, a variety of other carriers served the airport, some of which used jet airliners as large as McDonnell Douglas DC-9s. These included such major carriers as, American Airlines and Continental Airlines. Business Express, a Delta Connection air carrier, also operated seasonal jet flights into Nantucket utilizing British Aerospace BAe 146-200 aircraft. As of 2012, JetBlue, connecting seasonally to New York City's JFK airport with Embraer 190s, provides the largest aircraft serving the airport.[citation needed]

Busiest Domestic Routes from Nantucket (February 2012-January 2013)
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Flag of Massachusetts.svg Hyannis, Massachusetts 92,000 Cape Air, Island, Nantucket Airlines
2 Flag of Massachusetts.svg Boston, Massachusetts 33,000 Cape Air, JetBlue, Nantucket Airlines
3 Flag of New York.svg New York, New York-JFK 23,000 Delta Connection, JetBlue
4 Flag of Massachusetts.svg New Bedford, Massachusetts 8,000 Cape Air
5 Flag of New Jersey.svg Newark, New Jersey 7,000 United Express
6 Flag of Virginia.svg Washington (National), DC 5,000 US Airways
7 Flag of Massachusetts.svg Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts 4,000 Cape Air
8 Flag of Rhode Island.svg Providence, Rhode Island 2,000 Cape Air
9 Flag of New York.svg White Plains, New York 2,000 Cape Air

Popular culture[edit]

The TV series Wings used exterior shots of the airport terminal to portray the fictional "Tom Nevers Field", which is the venue for much of the action in the show.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for ACK (Form 5010 PDF), retrieved 2007-03-15
  2. ^ List of all Massachusetts Airports - MA Airports. Retrieved on 2013-08-16.
  3. ^ Gerber, Greg (September–October 2009). "Nantucket Memorial Expands & Modernizes Without Losing Island Charm". Airport Improvement Magazine. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 

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