Cape Air won approval to start flights from Boston Harbor to New York City, at East 23rd St. in Manhattan. This is a one year pilot program for four flights a day.
- Passengers will be picked up at Long Wharf (the original plan was for Boston Seaport)
- They’ll head over in the water towards Logan airport where they’ll take off for New York
Credit: Cape Air
The planes cannot fuel up at the close-in wharf, cannot dock there overnight, and have to yield to ferry traffic.
Nine-passenger aircraft will drop people off directly in Manhattan, avoiding the schlepp from LaGuardia. Flights are expected to run $320 – $340 each way. The airline has previously indicated a desired launch in spring.
Currently Amtrak is desirable for its downtown-to-downtown service, making up for slow train speeds by avoiding commutes for passengers looking to travel between city centers. This service offers to cut out the airport transit while retaining the speed of flying, though of course is subject to weather more than train travel. The major limitation, however, is frequency.