Airline Serving Nantucket Abruptly Closes

An airline serving the resort island of Nantucket has abruptly shut down.

Nantucket-based Island Airlines announced on its website Friday it's ceasing operations immediately. The closure also impacts Cape and Islands Air Freight.

The company, which offered regular flights from Hyannis on Cape Cod to Nantucket, apologized in a statement for any inconvenience and thanked customers for their support over the years.

A state transportation official told the Cape Cod Times on Saturday that the 24-year-old company is expected to file for bankruptcy.

Airport officials in Hyannis and Nantucket told the newspaper their priority will be finding alternatives for impacted passenger and freight customers.

The company operated eight, small Cessna planes holding eight to nine passengers each. Its closure leaves just Cape Air offering flights between Hyannis and Nantucket.


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