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Airport Nantucket (USA)

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Nantucket Memorial Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerTown of Nantucket
OperatorNantucket Memorial Airport Commission
LocationNantucket, Massachusetts
Hub forCape Air
Nantucket Airlines
Tradewind Aviation
Elevation AMSL48 ft / 15 m
Coordinates411510.4N 0700332.4W / 41.252889N 70.059000W / 41.252889; -70.059000Coordinates: 411510.4N 0700332.4W / 41.252889N 70.059000W / 41.252889; -70.059000

FAA Airport Diagram
Location of airport in Massachusetts / United States
ACK (the United States)

Nantucket Memorial Airport (IATA: ACK, ICAO: KACK, FAA LID: ACK) is a public airport on the south side of the island of Nantucket, Massachusetts. The airport is owned by the Town of Nantucket and is located three miles (5 km) southeast of the town center.[1] It is the second-busiest airport in the state, after Logan International Airport[citation needed] due to intense corporate travel to and from the island in the high season.


Nantucket Memorial Airport covers an area of 1,200 acres (490 ha), which contains three runways:[1]

For the 12-month period ending March 31, 2017 the airport averaged of 291 operations per day[2]: 59% air taxi, 38% transient general aviation, 2% commercial, <1% military, <1% local general aviation. In that same time period there were 16 aircraft based at the airport: 14 single engine, and 2 multi-engine.


In the late 1930s, Leslie Holm, a farmer in Nobadeer, plowed over and smoothed some of his cornfields with the help of David Raub, a former test pilot who had moved to Nantucket, and together they formed the Nobadeer Flying Service with three small planes they had bought for charter and instruction.[3] Soon, they began allowing the Town of Nantucket to use fields on his property as an airfield. Holm's farmhouse, located at the intersection of Old South and Nobadeer Farm Roads, is still standing today, although airport buildings have been built around it.[4]

During World War II, the U.S. Navy took control of the airport and operated it as Naval Auxiliary Air Facility Nantucket. The Navy constructed temporary bunkers and buildings, of which the buildings were torn down after the war. The bunkers, which were constructed using concrete and steel, are currently used for airport storage.[4]

Terminal and facilities

In 2009, the terminal was updated with an upgrade of the previous 12,000 square feet (1,100 m2) and an expansion of 18,000 square feet (1,700 m2) at a cost of approximately $29 million. A major goal of the expansion was to increase the capacity of the terminal substantially over the original 1950s facility. Another goal was to segregate air-taxi passengers, who do not require security screening, from airline passengers, who do.[5]

The airport apron for commercial aircraft has eight parking stands for Cessna 402 aircraft mainly operated by Cape Air and Nantucket Airlines. There are also four larger parking stands for JetBlue Embraer 190 jets, American Eagle Airlines CRJ-200/CRJ-700/CRJ-900 and Embraer 175 regional jets , Delta Connection CRJ-200/ERJ-145 regional jets and United Express ERJ-145 regional jets. More stands are available if needed. Most of the parking is reserved for general aviation aircraft, with parking for the larger, commercial services located on the north side of the terminal.

Runway 6/24 Information[2]
Dimensions 6303 x 150 ft. / 1921 x 46 m
Surface asphalt, in good condition.
Weight Bearing Capacity Single Wheel: 75.0

Double Wheel: 170.0

Double Tandem: 280.0

Runway Edge Lights High Intensity
Runway 6 Runway 24
Latitude 41-14.816438N 41-15.550207N
Longitude 070-04.351620W 070-03.378840W
Elevation(MSL) 24.6 ft 46.6 ft
Gradient 0.3% 0.3%
Traffic Pattern Left Left
Runway Heading 061 magnetic

045 true

241 magnetic

225 true

Displaced Threshold 537 ft No.
Declared Distances TORA: 6303 TODA: 6303

ASDA: 6303 LDA: 5766

TORA: 6303 TODA: 6303

ASDA: 6303 LDA:6303

Markings Precision, in good condition Precision, in good condition
Visual Slope Indicator 4-light PAPI on right

(3.00 degrees glide path)

4-light PAPI on left

(3.00 degrees glide path)

RVR Equipment Touchdown, Rollout Touchdown, Rollout
Approach Lights MALSF: 1,400 foot medium intensity approach lighting system with sequenced flashers. SSALR: Simplified short approach lighting system with runway alignment indicator lights.
Centerline Yes Yes
Touchdown Point Yes, no lights Yes, lighted
Instrument Approach ILS/DME, RNAV (GPS) ILS/DME, RNAV (GPS), VOR
Runway 15/33 Information[2]
Dimensions 4500 x 100 ft. / 1372 x 30 m
Surface asphalt, in good condition.
Weight Bearing Capacity Single Wheel: 60.0

Double Wheel: 85.0

Double Tandem: 155.0

Runway Edge Lights Medium Intensity
Runway 15 Runway 33
Latitude 41-15.480490N 41-14.956375N
Longitude 070-03.649238W 070-02.955102W
Elevation(MSL) 45.0 ft 40.4 ft
Gradient 0.1% 0.1%
Traffic Pattern Left Left
Runway Heading 151 magnetic

135 true

331 magnetic

315 true

Declared Distances TORA: 4500 TODA: 4500

ASDA: 4500 LDA: 4500

TORA: 4500 TODA: 4500

ASDA: 4500 LDA: 4500

Markings Basic, in good condition Non-Precision, in good condition
Visual Slope Indicator 4-light PAPI on left

(3.00 degrees glide path)

Runway End Identifier Lights Yes Yes
Touchdown Point Yes, no lights Yes, no lights
Obstructions 30 ft building, 800 ft from runway,

280 ft left of centerline, 20:1 slope to clear.

Runway 12/30 Information[2]
Dimensions 2696 x 50 ft. / 822 x 15 m
Surface asphalt, in excellent condition.
Weight Bearing Capacity Single Wheel: 12.5
Runway Edge Lights Lighted as taxiway.
Operational Restriction VFR Daytime use only for aircraft under 12,500 lbs.
Runway 12 Runway 30
Latitude 41-15.166130N 41-15.035055N
Longitude 070-03.731442W 070-03.169412W
Elevation(MSL) 34.5 ft 38.1 ft
Traffic Pattern Left Left
Runway Heading 123 magnetic

107 true

303 magnetic

287 true

Declared Distances TORA: 2696 TODA: 2696

ASDA: 2696 LDA: 2696

TORA: 2696 TODA: 2696

ASDA: 2696 LDA: 2696

Markings Basic, in good condition Basic, in good condition
Touchdown Point Yes, no lights Yes, no lights
Obstructions 35 ft pole, 1,400 ft from runway 34:1 slope to clear. None

Airlines and destinations

American Airlines Seasonal: Charlotte,[6] New YorkLaGuardia, WashingtonNational
Cape Air Boston, Hyannis, New Bedford, New YorkJFK[7], Martha's Vineyard
Seasonal: White Plains
Delta Air Lines Seasonal: New YorkLaGuardia
JetBlue Seasonal: Boston, New YorkJFK, New YorkLaGuardia,[8] WashingtonNational, White Plains[9]
Nantucket Airlines Hyannis
Rectrix Shuttle Hyannis[10]
Seasonal: New YorkLaGuardia[11]
Reliant Air Seasonal charter: Danbury, White Plains
Southern Airways Express Seasonal: New Haven, Norwood, Providence
Tradewind Aviation Seasonal charter: Teterboro, White Plains
United Airlines Seasonal: Newark
FedEx Feeder Providence[12]
Historical airline service

Up through the 1990s, a variety of airlines served Nantucket, some of which used jet airliners as large as the McDonnell Douglas DC-9-30 which was operated into the airport in 1969 on a seasonal basis during the summer months by Northeast Airlines on nonstop flights to New York JFK Airport and Hyannis with Northeast also serving Nantucket with Fairchild Hiller FH-227 turboprops at this time.[13] Major air carrier Continental Airlines also served the airport in the past with DC-9-30 jets. Business Express, a Delta Connection air carrier operating on behalf of Delta Air Lines, also operated seasonal jet flights into Nantucket utilizing British Aerospace BAe 146-200 aircraft. The Official Airline Guide (OAG) lists several commuter and regional airlines serving Nantucket over the years. In the spring of 1975, Air New England was the only airline serving the airport according to the OAG with this commuter air carrier operating Beechcraft 99 and de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter turboprops as well as Douglas DC-3 prop aircraft.[14] By the fall of 1979, small air carriers Gull Air, Hyannis Aviation and Nor-East Commuter Airlines had joined Air New England at the airport.[15] Up until 1989, Provincetown-Boston Airlines (PBA) served Nantucket, using Douglas DC-3 prop aircraft and NAMC YS-11 turboprops.[16] PBA also operated Eastern Express flights into the airport on behalf of Eastern Airlines with DC-3 aircraft.[17] Continental Express flying on behalf of Continental operated ATR 42, Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia and Saab 340 regional turboprop airliners into the airport in the past.[18] US Airways Express previously served Nantucket in the past as well on behalf of US Airways with de Havilland Canada DHC-8 Dash 8 and Saab 340 turboprops.[19] In June 1999, five airlines were serving Nantucket according to the OAG: Cape Air operating Cessna 402 commuter aircraft, Continental Express flying Beechcraft 1900 commuter turboprops, Delta Connection operated by Business Express Airlines flying Saab 340 regional turboprops, Island Airlines operating Cessna commuter prop aircraft and US Airways Express flying Beechcraft 1900 and de Havilland Canada DHC-8 Dash 8 turboprops.[20]

Air Force Two at Nantucket

The airport is currently home to a variety of general aviation aircraft, ranging from Piper J-3 Cubs to Boeing Business Jets in the summer months. Former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden visited the island on seven Thanksgiving holidays during his eight-year term, arriving and departing on board a U.S. Air Force operated Boeing 757-200 (USAF aircraft designation Boeing C-32) flying as Air Force Two and was accompanied by a USAF operated Boeing C-17 Globemaster III cargo jet. The 757 and C-17 are currently the largest aircraft ever to land and takeoff from Nantucket. The largest regularly scheduled passenger airliner flown in mainline service was the McDonnell Douglas DC-9-30 jet operated by Northeast and Continental. Currently, the largest commercial jetliner serving the airport is the Embraer 190 operated by JetBlue.

Cape Air and Nantucket Airlines

It is important to note that Cape Air acquired Nantucket Airlines and now operates Cessna 402 aircraft as Cape Air flights although keeping the original Nantucket Airlines paint scheme. Anywhere in this article that mentions Nantucket Airlines is actually referring to Cape Air flights. Nantucket Airlines also operated the Cessna 402 aircraft.


Top destinations
Busiest domestic routes from ACK (May 2018 April 2019)
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Boston, Massachusetts 36,660 Cape Air, JetBlue
2 New YorkJFK, New York 33,860 Cape Air, Delta Connection, JetBlue
3 Hyannis, Massachusetts 16,610 Cape Air, Nantucket Airlines, Rectix Shuttle
4 WashingtonNational, D.C. 10,900 American Airlines, JetBlue
5 Newark, New Jersey 7,050 United Airlines
6 New Bedford, Massachusetts 6,010 Cape Air
7 New YorkLaGuardia, New York 5,690 American Airlines, Delta Airlines, JetBlue, Rectrix Shuttle
8 White Plains, New York 3,700 Cape Air, JetBlue
9 Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts 750 Cape Air
10 Charlotte, North Carolina 650 American Airlines
Airline market share
Largest Airlines at ACK (Nov 2015 Oct 2016)[21]
Rank Airline Passengers Share
1 Cape Air 111,000 45.25%
2 JetBlue 90,100 36.63%
3 Republic Airline 17,910 7.28%
4 Shuttle America 13,050 5.31%
5 Commutair 6,530 2.65%


  1. ^ a b FAA Airport Master Record for ACK (Form 5010 PDF), retrieved 2007-03-15
  2. ^ a b c d "AirNav: KACK - Nantucket Memorial Airport". www.airnav.com. Retrieved 2017-11-27.
  3. ^ ""Early Aviation on Nantucket" Historic Nantucket article from the Nantucket Historical Association". www.nha.org. Retrieved 2017-11-19.
  4. ^ a b Nantucket Master Airport Plan, Chapter 3. Accessed May 4, 2014
  5. ^ Gerber, Greg (SeptemberOctober 2009). "Nantucket Memorial Expands & Modernizes Without Losing Island Charm". Airport Improvement Magazine. Archived from the original on 2014-05-05. Retrieved 2012-09-19. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ "American Airlines plans additional domestic routes in S18". RoutesOnline. December 17, 2017. Retrieved December 17, 2017.
  7. ^ https://www.boston.com/travel/travel/2019/07/30/cape-air-year-round-service-new-york-city
  8. ^ https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20181113005796/en/Start-Planning-Summer-JetBlue-Service-Nantucket-Year
  9. ^ https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20181113005796/en/Start-Planning-Summer-JetBlue-Service-Nantucket-Year
  10. ^ http://www.capecod.com/newscenter/rectrix-begins-flights-between-hyannis-and-nantucket/
  11. ^ "Commuter Flight - Rectrix". Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  12. ^ "On the Road with FedEx: Feeder Planes on Nantucket". FedEx. December 28, 2018. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  13. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, June 1, 1969 Northeast Airlines system timetable
  14. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, April 15, 1975 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Nantucket flight schedules
  15. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, Nov. 15, 1979 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Nantucket flight schedules
  16. ^ http://www.airliners.net, photos of PBA aircraft at Nantucket
  17. ^ http://www.airliners.net, photo of PBA/Eastern Express DC-3 aircraft at Nantucket
  18. ^ http://www.airliners.net, photos of Continental Express aircraft at Nantucket
  19. ^ http://www.airliners.net, photos of US Airways Express aircraft at Nantucket
  20. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, June 1, 1999 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Nantucket flight schedules
  21. ^ "Nantucket, MA: Nantucket Memorial (ACK)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics. May 2011. Retrieved January 31, 2016.

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