TRENTON — Both PenAir and Cape Air will begin service to the Boston–Bar Harbor markets. During the peak visitor season, PenAir, one of Alaska’s largest regional airlines, will operate nonstop flights between Bar Harbor–Hancock County Airport and Boston’s Logan International Airport. Service will begin on May 24 with two flights per day, Monday thru Sunday. Additional flights will be added as visitor-ship to the region increases, with up to four flights per day. PenAir’s seasonal operation will cease on Oct. 9.
Cape Air, one of the nation’s largest independent regional airlines, began serving Bar Harbor with nonstop flights between Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport and Boston’s Logan Airport with three daily, round-trip flights in the off-peak season. The triple-daily round-trips began April 15 and will continue through May 24. During the summer season, Cape Air will operate one daily round-trip, with the triple-daily service resuming on Sept. 4.
PenAir will host a ribbon cutting on May 22 at noon at the Hancock County Airport. Chief Operating Officer Dave Hall, along with several PenAir employees and crew, will be available for questions.
“We are excited to start our venture into this market and to bring our brand of customer service to the Northeast,” Hall said. “We are an established 57-year-old Alaskan company that prides ourselves on customer service, safety and reliability.”
As an introductory fare into the market, PenAir will be offering $126 (inclusive of tax) one-way fares for travel from May 24 through June 7. This introductory fare is available online at penair.com or by calling the PenAir Central Reservations line at (800) 448-4226.
“While Cape Air and PenAir are two different airlines we are working closely to assure that the Bar Harbor-Boston market is serviced with enough seats to augment the increase in demand of the peak visitor season”, said Jacqueline Donohoo, Northeast marketing manager for Cape Air. “We will operate our Cessna 402s year-round, with increased service in the winter months, as PenAir pulls out for the season.”
“PenAir, will be servicing Bar Harbor with 34-passenger Saab 340s, with up to 24 flights per week through Columbus Day,” Hall said. “When we depart the market, Cape Air will be back to full service, making this the perfect partnership for a community that fluctuates so much between seasons”.
To book PenAir flights, go to www.penair.com or call PenAir Central Reservations at (800) 448-4226. Cape Air flights are available at www.capeair.com or by calling (866) CAPE-AIR, or visit the Bar Harbor Airport for reservations.