Cape Air approved for seaplane service between Boston and New York City harbor

Many of us have not been to an airport in more than a year, but the coronavirus lockdown will eventually come to an end, and I look forward to being able to travel again in the not too distant future (hopefully). Cape Air is anticipating an increase in air travel as well. Earlier this month the airline best known for shuttling passengers to Provincetown, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket may soon offer flights between Boston and New York City waterfronts.

The airline received a trial approval for four daily seaplane flights between Boston Harbor and New York City’s East River. Service in Boston would operate from the Boston Waterboat Marina (near the BHC Provincetown Ferry) and from the Skyport in the East River at 23rd Street. Seaplane service will take approximately one hour and cost $400. If approved this will be the fastest and most convenient service between the two cities.

No start date was shared, but I hope this service takes off (pun intended). The travel time would be almost four times faster than the Boston-New York Amtrak Acela, which I only jokingly refer to as highspeed train service. While flight times will be comparable to the Business Shuttles operated by American Airlines, Delta and JetBlue, there is no comparison in terms of convenience. Landing in downtown and not having to navigate airport security or deal with NYC traffic makes this service far more desireable.

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