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Cape Cod Gateway Airport

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Cape Cod Gateway Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerTown of Barnstable
ServesHyannis, Massachusetts
LocationCape Cod
Opened1928; 96 years ago (1928)
Operating base 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
FAA airport diagram as of January 2021
FAA airport diagram as of January 2021
Direction Length Surface
ft m
6/24 5,425 1,654 Asphalt
15/33 5,253 1,601 Asphalt
Passenger volume (12 months ending May 2021)21,700
Scheduled flights (12 months ending May 2021)4,918
Aircraft operations (2017)65,431
Based aircraft (2021)37
Cape Air headquarters

Cape Cod Gateway Airport (IATA: HYA, ICAO: KHYA, FAA LID: HYA), also known as Boardman/Polando Field and formerly known as Barnstable Municipal Airport, 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 the 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.[3]

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 (8,000 km) distance.[4][5]

As of January 1, 2021, the airport has rebranded itself as the Cape Cod Gateway Airport to provide better name recognition to off-Cape users not familiar with the name Barnstable.[6]



Airport overview


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 commuter aircraft operated by Cape Air as well as Beechcraft King Air 300s operated by Rectrix Aviation and Cessna 208s operated by Wiggins Airways in addition to Embraer E190 jets seasonally operated by JetBlue Airways handled as commercial aircraft.

Other commercial aircraft that have served KHYA in the past include Boeing 727, Boeing 737 and McDonnell Douglas DC-9 jets as well as ATR 42, Beechcraft 99, Beechcraft 1900C, Beechcraft 1900D, Convair 580, de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter, de Havilland Canada DHC-8 Dash 8, Dornier 228, Embraer EMB-110 Bandeirante, Fairchild Hiller FH-227, NAMC YS-11, Saab 340 and Short 360 turboprops, and Britten-Norman Islander, Cessna, Douglas DC-3 and Piper Aircraft piston-powered airplanes.[7]

The airport had scheduled passenger jet service as early as 1969 when Northeast Airlines was operating McDonnell Douglas DC-9-30 flights as well as operating service with Fairchild Hiller FH-227 turboprop aircraft with nonstop flights to New York Kennedy Airport (JFK), Boston (BOS) and Nantucket (ACK) plus direct, no change of plane flights to New York LaGuardia Airport.[8] Northeast Airlines was then acquired by and merged into Delta Air Lines which subsequently ceased all service to the airport during the 1970s.[9][10][11]

According to the Official Airline Guide (OAG), regional and small commuter airlines serving the airport with scheduled passenger flights from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s included Air New England, Cape Air, Colgan Air (later Pinnacle Airlines and still later Endeavor Air), Continental Express (operated by Bar Harbor Airlines on behalf of Continental Airlines), the Delta Connection (operated by Business Express on behalf of Delta Air Lines), Eastern Express (operated by Bar Harbor Airlines on behalf of Eastern Airlines), Edgartown Air, Express Air, Gull Air, Hyannis Aviation, Island Air, Nantucket Airlines, New York Air Commuter Airlines, Northwest Airlink (operated by Precision Airlines on behalf of Northwest Airlines), Provincetown-Boston Airlines (PBA), USAir Express and Will's Air with all of these air carriers operating either turboprop or small piston powered aircraft.[12]

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

American Eagle Seasonal: New York–LaGuardia,[13] Washington–National[13]
Cape Air Boston, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket
Seasonal: New York–JFK[14]
JetBlue Seasonal: New York–JFK
Nantucket Airlines Martha's Vineyard, 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. In August 2021, there were 37 aircraft based at this airport: 31 single-engine and 6 multi-engine.[1][15]

Annual passenger traffic at HYA airport. See Wikidata query.

Top destinations

Busiest domestic routes from HYA (November 2022 – October 2023)[2]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 New York–LGA, New York 6,850 JetBlue
2 New York–JFK, New York 5,700 JetBlue
3 Boston, Massachusetts 2,190 Cape Air
4 Nantucket, Massachusetts 2,110 Cape Air, Nantucket Airlines
5 Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts 120 Cape Air, Nantucket Airlines

Airline market share

Largest airlines at HYA (November 2022 - October 2023)[2]
Rank Airline Passengers Share
1 JetBlue 25,490 73,49%
2 Cape Air 9,160 26,90%

Ground transportation


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

  • 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.[16]
  • 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.[17]
  • 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.[18][19]
  • 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.[20]

See also



  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Form 5010 for HYA PDF, effective August 12, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c "Barnstable (Hyannis) Municipal (HYA) Summary Statistics". Retrieved September 3, 2021.
  3. ^ "Nantucket's Island Airlines abruptly shuts down". USA Today. Associated Press. December 13, 2015. Retrieved April 22, 2019.
  4. ^ "'Cape Cod's' Success Climaxes 5 Years [of] Bellanca Records". The Sunday Morning Star. Wilmington, DE. August 2, 1931. Retrieved September 4, 2013.
  5. ^ "Airisms from the Four Winds - More Atlantic Flights". Flight. flightglobal.com. July 31, 1931. p. 774. Retrieved February 23, 2016.
  6. ^ Culhane, Grady (January 7, 2021). "Barnstable Municipal Airport Rebrands to Cape Cod Gateway Airport". CapeCod.com.
  7. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, Official Airline Guide (OAG) North American Edition flight schedules for Hyannis
  8. ^ http://www.departedflights.com/NE060169intro.html, Hyannis flight schedules
  9. ^ "Delta Air Lines March 1, 1973 Route Map".
  10. ^ "Delta Air Lines October 27, 1974 Route Map".
  11. ^ "Delta Air Lines December 15, 1979 Route Map".
  12. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, 1975 through 1995 editions of the Official Airline Guide (OAG), Hyannis flight schedules
  13. ^ a b "American Airlines adds more ways to escape to the Cape and coves of New England in 2024". American Airlines Newsroom. October 12, 2023. Retrieved October 12, 2023.
  14. ^ "Cape Air Announces New JFK Service" (Press release). Cape Air. August 28, 2018. Retrieved April 22, 2019.
  15. ^ "AirNav: KHYA - Barnstable Municipal Airport-Boardman/Polando Field". www.airnav.com. Retrieved December 2, 2017.
  16. ^ Accident description for N383EX at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on January 1, 2024.
  17. ^ Nolin, Lori A. (March 18, 2000). "'It was a miracle'". Cape Cod Times. Archived from the original on January 23, 2023. Retrieved April 22, 2019.
  18. ^ "Update on NTSB Investigations into Recent Beech 1900D Accidents and Incidents" (Press release). National Transportation Safety Board. November 21, 2003. Retrieved April 22, 2019.
  19. ^ Gouveia, Aaron (February 13, 2009). "Buffalo crash airline had Cape crash in 2003". Cape Cod Times. Archived from the original on February 22, 2012. Retrieved April 22, 2019.
  20. ^ Accident description for N656WA at the Aviation Safety Network