Barnstable Municipal Airport

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Barnstable Municipal Airport
Boardman/Polando Field
Barnstable Municipal Airport Logo.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner Town of Barnstable
Location Hyannis, Massachusetts
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 55 ft / 17 m
Coordinates 41°40′10″N 070°16′49″W / 41.66944°N 70.28028°W / 41.66944; -70.28028
HYA is located in Massachusetts
HYA is located in the US
Location of airport in Massachusetts / United States
Direction Length Surface
ft m
6/24 5,425 1,654 Asphalt/grooved
15/33 5,252 1,601 Asphalt/grooved
Statistics (2006)
Aircraft operations 117,402
Based aircraft 58
Cape Air headquarters

Barnstable Municipal Airport (IATA: HYAICAO: KHYAFAA 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]


Barnstable Municipal Airport covers an area of 639 acres (2.6 km²) which contains two runways: 6/24 measuring 5,425 x 150 ft (1,654 x 46 m) and 15/33 measuring 5,253 x 150 ft (1,601 x 46 m).[1]

Currently there are Cessna 402 from Cape Air and Nantucket Airlines, and Embraer E190 from JetBlue Airways handled as commercial aircraft. In the past, other commercial aircraft that served KHYA have included the Cessna 208, 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]

Airlines Destinations
Cape Air Boston, Nantucket
Seasonal: Martha's Vineyard, White Plains[5]
JetBlue Airways Seasonal: New York-JFK[6]
Nantucket Airlines Nantucket
Rectrix Shuttle Nantucket[7]
Seasonal: Worcester


For 12-month period ending April 30, 2011, the airport had 102,725 aircraft operations, an average of 281 per day: 75% air taxi, 25% general aviation, <1% military. There are 53 aircraft based at this airport: 81% single engine, 13% multi-engine and 6% jet aircraft.[1]

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 June 17, 1979, a commercial airliner that crashed on 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.[8]
  • 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.[9][10]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for HYA (Form 5010 PDF), retrieved 2010-08-01
  2. ^ December 13, 2015, Retrieved January 20, 2016
  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. 
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  8. ^ "IT WAS A MIRACLE." Cape Cod Times. March 18, 2000. Retrieved on May 11, 2016.
  9. ^ "UPDATE ON NTSB INVESTIGATIONS INTO RECENT BEECH 1900D ACCIDENTS AND INCIDENTS." National Transportation Safety Board. November 21, 2003. Retrieved on February 13, 2009.
  10. ^ Gouveia, Aaron. "Buffalo crash airline had Cape crash in 2003 Archived 2012-02-22 at the Wayback Machine.." Cape Cod Times. February 13, 2009. Retrieved on February 13, 2009.

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