Barnstable Municipal Airport

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Barnstable Municipal Airport

Boardman/Polando Field
Barnstable Municipal Airport Logo.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerTown of Barnstable
LocationHyannis, Massachusetts
Hub for
Elevation AMSL54.1 ft / 16.5 m
Coordinates41°40′10″N 070°16′49″W / 41.66944°N 70.28028°W / 41.66944; -70.28028
HYA is located in Massachusetts
Location of airport in Massachusetts / United States
HYA is located in the United States
HYA (the United States)
Aircraft operations (2017)65,431
Based aircraft (2017)37
Cape Air headquarters

Barnstable Municipal Airport (IATA: HYA, ICAO: KHYA, FAA LID: HYA), also known as Boardman/Polando Field, is a public airport located on Cape Cod, one mile (1.6 km) north of the central business district of Hyannis, in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States. This airport is publicly owned by Town of Barnstable.[1] It is Cape Cod's major airport as well as an air hub for the Cape and the Islands (Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket). The airport is served by scheduled commercial flights as well as charters and general aviation. Barnstable Municipal Airport served as a hub for Nantucket-based commuter airline Island Airlines until its shutdown in 2015.[2]

The airport was founded in 1928. During World War II it was also known as Naval Auxiliary Air Facility Hyannis and both the Navy and Army Air Forces flew antisubmarine patrols from the airport.

It was renamed Barnstable Municipal Airport–Boardman/Polando Field in honor of Massachusetts aviation pioneers Russell Boardman and John Polando in 1981, the first aviators in history to fly non-stop for a 5,000-mile distance.[3][4]


Airport Overview[edit]

Barnstable Municipal Airport covers an area of 639 acres (2.59 km2). The airport has two asphalt grooved runways: 6/24 is 5,425 x 150 ft (1,654 x 46 m) and 15/33 is 5,253 x 150 ft (1,601 x 46 m).[1]

Currently there are Cessna 402 operated by Cape Air, Beechcraft KingAir 300 operated by Rectrix Aviation, Cessna 208 operated by Wiggins Airways, and seasonally Embraer E190 from JetBlue Airways handled as commercial aircraft.

Other commercial aircraft that served KHYA have included the NAMC YS-11, Douglas DC-3, McDonnell Douglas DC-9, Boeing 737, Boeing 727, ATR 42, Saab 340, and Bombardier Dash 8.

In the summer months, the airport traffic increases significantly, commercially and privately, being the main airport for Cape Cod. The fixed-base operators at the airport are Rectrix Aviation, Air Cape Cod, and Griffin Avionics.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Cape Air Boston, Nantucket
Seasonal: Martha's Vineyard, New York–JFK,[5] White Plains[6]
JetBlue Seasonal: New York–JFK[7]
Nantucket Airlines Nantucket
Southern Airways Express Seasonal: Nantucket


For the 12-month period ending April 30, 2017, the airport averaged 262 operations per day: 60% air taxi, 31% transient general aviation, 9% local general aviation, <1% commercial, and <1% military. There were 37 aircraft based at this airport—31 single-engine and 6 multi-engine.[1][8]

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from HYA (May 2018 - April 2019)[9]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Nantucket, Massachusetts 16,050 Cape Air, Nantucket Airlines, Rectrix Shuttle
2 New York–JFK, New York 6,390 Cape Air, JetBlue
3 Boston, Massachusetts 1,530 Cape Air
4 Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts 330 Cape Air

Ground transportation[edit]

The airport is accessible through MA Route 28 or from US 6 through MA Route 132. Barnstable Municipal Airport is also served by local taxi services as well as four major car rental agencies. The Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority provides public transportation to and from the airport as part of the "Villager"/ Route 132 line.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • Air New England Flight 248: On the evening of June 17, 1979, a de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter crashed on an ILS approach. All of those on the plane survived with the exception of the pilot, who was killed instantly.
  • Dassault Mystere Falcon 900B (unscheduled flight): On March 17, 2000, a turbojet aircraft carrying four people skidded off the Barnstable Municipal Airport runway in icy weather while attempting to land, crashed through a fence, crossed Route 28 and stopped in the middle of the TJ Maxx Plaza, causing serious damage to several cars in the parking lot, as well as leaking fuel, which in turn caused the busy plaza to shut down for the night due to safety concerns.[10]
  • Colgan Air Flight 9446: On August 26, 2003 a Beech 1900D operated by Colgan Air for US Airways Express hit the water shortly after taking off from Barnstable Municipal Airport. Both pilots died.[11][12]
  • On June 18, 2008, a Wiggins Airways DHC-6 Twin Otter, a cargo flight, crashed after takeoff due to the pilot's failure to remove the flight control lock prior to takeoff. The sole occupant, the pilot was killed.[13]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for HYA (Form 5010 PDF), effective October 12, 2017.
  2. ^ "Nantucket's Island Airlines abruptly shuts down". USA Today. Nantucket, Mass. Associated Press. 13 December 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  3. ^ "'Cape Cod's' Success Climaxes 5 Years [of] Bellanca Records". The Sunday Morning Star, Wilmington, DE. 2 August 1931. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Airisms from the Four Winds - More Atlantic Flights". Flight. United Kingdom: July 31, 1931. p. 774. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
  5. ^ "Cape Air Announces New JFK Service" (Press release). Cape Air. 28 August 2018. Retrieved 2019-04-22.
  6. ^ "New Service Between Hyannis and New York" (Press release). Cape Air. 16 January 2013. Retrieved 2019-04-22.
  7. ^ "JetBlue Grows Its New England Presence With the Addition of Hyannis/Cape Cod" (Press release). New York, NY: JetBlue. 12 March 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  8. ^ "AirNav: KHYA - Barnstable Municipal Airport-Boardman/Polando Field". Retrieved 2017-12-02.
  9. ^ "OST_R | BTS | Transtats".
  10. ^ Nolin, Lori A. (18 March 2000). "'It was a miracle'". Cape Cod Times. Hyannis. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  11. ^ "Update on NTSB Investigations into Recent Beech 1900D Accidents and Incidents" (Press release). National Transportation Safety Board. 21 November 2003. Retrieved 2019-04-22.
  12. ^ Gouveia, Aaron (13 February 2009). "Buffalo crash airline had Cape crash in 2003". Cape Cod Times. Hyannis. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  13. ^ Accident description for N656WA at the Aviation Safety Network

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