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The Main Cape Cod Airport

Couples planning to travel here through the main Cape Cod airport are likely to fly into Barnstable Municipal Airport (sometimes mistakenly referred to as Hyannis Airport).

This airport is fine for taking a "small-hop" plane from one of the larger airports nearby, but not the sort of place you would want to land a 747, unless you want to disembark in aisle 6 of Staples, just across the street Smile.

We also have two other Cape Cod airports, one in Provincetown and the other in Chatham.

Barnstable Municipal Airport in Hyannis
Barnstable Municipal Airport in Hyannis

(Fans of the old US TV sit-com Wings would be in fairly familiar territory at the airport here. Ours is slightly bigger than that, but really not by much).

Besides these smaller airports that are actually on Cape Cod, there are two major international airports about an hour's drive off-Cape that service the Southern New England area, Logan International Airport in Boston and TF Green in Providence.

Boston is the larger of the two, and the one you’re most likely to fly into if you’re traveling here from overseas.

TF Green is smaller, much less of a hassle, and infinitely preferable if you can get a good deal on flights. Southwest flies directly to Providence from major cities all over the US.

Barnstable is also the Cape Cod Airport you would most likely use to catch any flights you might have to either Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard, although you can also reach the islands directly from Boston or Providence.

Cape Air is by far the biggest airline operating out of Barnstable Municipal Airport, offering over 850 flights a day in peak season. Together with its sister airline, Nantucket Airlines, it runs regular service to both islands, as well as to and from Boston, Providence, New Bedford and several mid-sized Northeastern cities.

Insider Tip

We do quite a lot of business in Phoenix, AZ, and always try to use TF Green, when traveling west. But do note that if you're flying on to the Cape, rather than driving, Boston may be a better option, since flights to the Cape are not only more frequent than those from Providence, but also more likely to operate year round.

Cape Air flights from Providence to Hyannis, for example, only run from early June through the peak tourist season and, even then, only offer two trips a day.

Cape Air's main competitor for Capewide air travel is Island Airlines, which serves Nantucket and Hyannis. Naturally, there are more flights in the summer months, but both airlines run all-year round.

Other Cape Cod Airports

Besides the main Hyannis airport, Cape Cod does have two additional airports in Chatham and Provincetown for passengers planning to travel to the outer part of Cape Cod by air. Chatham does not offer any regulalrly scheduled services but can be used for private charters or, if you're a pilot yourself, as a place to land your own private plane. Information about Chatham Municipal Airport can be found here.

Cape Air does offer a regualr seasonal service between Provincetown Airport and Logan. (In fact, Provincetown was actually Cape Air's very first destination). The flight lasts just 25 minutes and information can be found at Cape Air's website.

Private Air Charter Service

If your budget allows, and you want to fly without the inconvenience of waiting on somebody else's schedule, you might want to consider a private charter.

There are a handful of companies that specialize in flying busy and/or important passengers straight to the closest airport at whatever time most suits their clients. The charter company can then usher passengers through expedited private terminals without the need for long lines, and even arrange additional ground transportation from the airport to their passengers' ultimate destination.

A private charter will enable you to fly according to your own schedule, allow you to relax or work in-flight in your own private cabin, and get you to your desination ready to enjoy your vacation rather than spending the next day decompressing from a stressful journey.

As you might expect, this level of service comes at a price, but if you have the means, it's hard to think of a better way to travel to Cape Cod by air. Check out Ocean Wings Air Charter to get a glimpse of what's possible.

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