The Block Island Times

Cape Air to start Block Island flights May 22

Seasonal service from Providence and New York
By Stephanie Turaj | Feb 17, 2014

Regional airline company Cape Air has announced that its new service, which will offer daily flights between Block Island and T.F. Green Airport in Providence and between Block Island and Westchester County Airport in New York, will begin on May 22, the Thursday before Memorial Day weekend.

The flights will be seasonal and will run until mid-October, according to Cape Air spokeswoman Trish Lorino. In the winter season, scheduled flights will run between two islands in Puerto Rico.

Cape Air plans to run three round-trips per day to each location, Providence and New York. Lorino said the schedule and ticket prices will vary depending on the date. For example, Lorino said flights on Memorial Day will be $72 one-way but weekdays that see less of a demand could cost as low as $48 one-way. Trips are expected to take about 35 minutes.

"The schedule is demand-based," said Lorino.  "We want to provide a schedule that is convenient for customers, and also take into consideration the timing of other major airlines, to make sure they adequately match up for appropriate connections."

Lorino said Cape Air has "ticketing and baggage" agreements with other major airlines. This means someone can book a flight from San Franscio to T.F Green, and then fly to Block Island using Cape Air's service, with their baggage and tickets only being checked once.

For its New York service, Cape Air also offers ground transportation between Westchester County Airport to 35th Street and 8th Avenue in midtown Manhattan.

"You have the option going from Block Island to Westchester, and take ground transportation into Manhattan, and vice-versa. We're pretty confident Block Island will benefit from this as well." said Lorino.

For more on this story, read Friday's edition of The Block Island Times.

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