Regional carrier Cape Air has been approved by the Boston Planning and Development Agency to operate seaplane flights between Boston and New York City. The approval grants Cape Air permission to fly up to four daily flights between Boston Waterboat Marina and New York Skyport at the East River.
Cape Air has been trying to launch the seaplane service for nearly seven years. However, even after gaining approval from the Boston Agency, the airline has not given an official announcement about the new flights.
Speaking unofficially, the CEO for Cape Air stated that the flights could begin as early as March and that the trial period would be for one year. The flight would take about an hour and would average $400 per person.
This is a bold move for the carrier that is most notable for offering flights between Boston and Martha's Vineyard, Cape Cod and Nantucket. The airline recently added year-round service to Portland, Maine from Boston and began daily flights from J.F.K. New York to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.
Cape Air has a partnership with JetBlue, American Airlines and United Airlines for regional services. Cape Air also services some smaller communities in the country, including Billings, Montana, St. Louis, Missouri, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The airline has officially announced that it will add nine new planes to its fleet this year. The new planes are nine-seat Tecnam P2012 Traveler planes. At this time, Cape Air has not stated when it will make the new seaplane route available or when tickets will go on sale.