Provincetown Municipal Airport

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Provincetown Municipal Airport
P-town Airport.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerNational Park Service
OperatorTown of Provincetown
ServesProvincetown, Massachusetts
Elevation AMSL9 ft / 3 m
Coordinates42°04′19″N 070°13′17″W / 42.07194°N 70.22139°W / 42.07194; -70.22139
WebsitePVC website
PVC is located in Massachusetts
Location of airport in Massachusetts
PVC is located in the United States
PVC (the United States)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
07/25 3,502 1,067 Asphalt

Provincetown Municipal Airport (IATA: PVC, ICAO: KPVC, FAA LID: PVC) is a public airport located at the end of Cape Cod, two miles (3 km) northwest of the central business district of Provincetown, in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States. This airport is operated by the Town of Provincetown on land leased from the United States National Park Service.[1]

The airport is used for general aviation and by one commercial airline, Cape Air, which operates non-stop flights of 25 minutes duration to Boston's Logan International Airport. During the off-season, Cape Air operates three daily flights each way. On summer weekends, flights are scheduled approximately every 45 minutes in both directions. The airport recently added complimentary high-speed internet access for all passengers and crew members utilizing the facility. A limited amount of free parking is available for vehicles used by general and commercial aviation passengers. Aircraft parking is available from Cape Air, the fixed-base operator (FBO).


The airport was constructed in the 1940s and the runway was first paved in 1948. The original transitions to the taxiways were curved, or jug-handle-shaped to support tail-draggers like the DC-3 that operated at the airport in the 1940s and 1950s.[2]

In 1949, Provincetown-Boston Airlines started scheduled air service between Provincetown and Boston using Cessna Bobcats. Through a series of mergers, PBA was eventually acquired by People's Express and which later merged with Continental Airlines and in 1988, Continental cancelled the Provincetown - Boston route. Cape Air began operations that same year and continues to serve Provincetown today.

The present terminal building is a single-story wooden structure and was constructed in 1998. The terminal provides Cape Air check-in and a waiting area, TSA screening areas, and a conference room.[2]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Provincetown Municipal Airport covers an area of 310 acres (125 ha).

Runway information[3]
Dimensions 3502 x 100 ft. / 1067 x 30m
Surface Asphalt, in good condition
Weight bearing capacity Single wheel: 25.0
Runway edge lights High intensity
Runway 7 Runway 25
Latitude 42-04.189783N 42-04.484083N
Longitude 070-13.576812W 070-12.911400W
Elevation (MSL) 7.6 ft 7.8 ft
Traffic pattern Left Right
Runway heading 075 magnetic

059 true

255 magnetic

239 true

Markings Precision, in good condition Precision, in good condition
Visual slope indicator 4-light PAPI on right (3.00 degrees glide path) 4-light PAPI on right (3.00 degrees glide path)

VGSI and descent angle not coincident

Approach lights MALSF: 1,400 foot medium intensity approach lighting system with sequenced flashers None
Runway end identifier lights Yes Yes
Touchdown point Yes, no lights Yes, no lights
Instrument approach ILS/DME, RNAV (GPS) NDB, RNAV (GPS)
Obstructions 12 ft. brush, 800 ft. from runway, 125 ft. left of centerline 12 ft. trees, 610 ft. from runway, 125 ft. left of centerline, 34:1 slope to clear

For the 12-month period ending September 1, 2016, the airport averaged 136 operations per day: 85% transient general aviation, 8% commercial, 2% air taxi, 4% local general aviation and <1% military. There are 10 aircraft based at this airport: 8 single engine and 2 multi-engine.[3]

Airline and destinations[edit]

Cape Air Boston
Tailwind Air Seasonal: Boston Harbor, New York–Skyports

Ground transportation[edit]

Taxis are often available in front of the airport terminal, but it is wise to make reservations if you are part of a group of 3 or more. Cell service is unreliable, but there is a free taxi call box located to the left of the front airport doors. The Town-regulated maximum rate per person into Provincetown is $18, including 2 suitcases per passenger. Rental cars are available at the airport in summer months only. In the summer months a shuttle bus service[4] runs between the airport, race point beach and the town center, but does not serve guest houses or inns.


  • Atlantic Rides P-Town, 928 Commercial St. +1 508-413-3192, [1]. Local, general taxi services. Airport transfers to any Cape Cod location.
  • Black & White Taxi, 336 Commercial St. +1 508-413-5413, [2]. Local, general taxi services. Airport transfers to any Cape Cod location.

Airport management[edit]

The Provincetown Airport is overseen by the Airport Commission,[5] a five-person board appointed by the Provincetown Board of Selectmen.


  1. ^ FAA Airport Form 5010 for PVC PDF, retrieved 2007-03-15
  2. ^ a b "Airport History". Town of Provincetown. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b "AirNav: KPVC - Provincetown Municipal Airport". Retrieved 2017-11-25.
  4. ^ shuttle bus service
  5. ^ "Airport Commission". Town of Provincetown. Retrieved July 20, 2015.

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