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Visiting the Island? Tips for Arriving via the Vineyard Haven Airport

Posted by Bryan Nelson on Thu, Oct 03, 2013 @ 09:00 AM

Tips for Arriving via the Vineyard Haven Airport Many people prefer arriving on Martha’s Vineyard by plane rather than ferry. If you’re planning to fly into the Vineyard Haven Airport, here are some things you should keep in mind in order to make your travel plans go as smoothly as possible.

This airport is a hub for general aviators as well as four commercial airlines. Cape Air, Jet Blue, Delta and U.S. Airways all provide flights into this airport from other local airports including Boston-Logan International Airport, New Bedford Regional Airport, JFK International Airport and Nantucket Memorial Airport. Service is also provided seasonally from T.F Green Airport in Providence, Rhode Island.

When traveling via Cape Air, you’ll be seated in a nine-passenger Cessna airplane, with seating for one passenger next to the pilot. If you’re able to grab this coveted seat, you’ll have an up-close look at the instrument panel of the airplane, and will also be able to chat with him a bit. The view flying into the airport is breathtaking, with sweeping view of the island’s numerous lakes and lagoons against a backdrop of wooded area and sandy beaches. The trip from
Boston takes around 30 minutes, and you can buy a commuter book of 10 tickets
at a discounted rate.

Although there are only two runways at this airport, there is nonetheless quite a bit of air traffic that takes place here. The airport currently has 67 aircraft that are based at this location, with most of these planes being single-engine models. More than 61,000 aircraft operations take place here annually, which amounts to an average of more than 167 per day.

The Vineyard Haven Airport has a great deal of historical significance. It was constructed during World War II, where it was used as a patrol base for coastal aircraft. The original terminal building remained until 2001, when it was replaced by a more modern structure. Even so, many historical photographs of the original building along with some World War II memorabilia are still on display here. Making a visit to the airport to view these unique artifacts would be
worthwhile for any history buff to do.

While waiting for an inbound or outbound flight, you can enjoy a delicious meal at Plane View
restaurant. This restaurant serves breakfast and lunch seven days a week. They also have a dinner menu available during the peak travel season, which is from May through September. Some of their menu choices include flatbread pizza, sandwiches, salads, chicken wings and hot dogs for lunch, and eggs, muffins, bagels and pancakes for breakfast.

Once at the airport, you’ll be able to catch a bus or taxi to one of our many locations, where we can outfit you with the perfect vehicle to get around the island in. We’ll also pick you up from the Winnetu Hotel or Harborview Hotel. To reserve a vehicle, contact us today.

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