New seasonal air carrier recommended for BHB

TRENTON — Silver and gold pair nicely, but silver also goes with blue, especially air carrier JetBlue.

Both the Airport Advisory Committee and the Hancock County Commissioners have recommended Silver Airways to be the seasonal carrier at the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport this summer.

Silver’s code-sharing agreement with JetBlue is part of the appeal, according to Commission Chairman Antonio Blasi.

Airport Manager Brad Madeira explained that code sharing will allow Bar Harbor customers to purchase their entire itinerary in one place,

“This is especially meaningful for BHB passengers because JetBlue offers more connecting flights than any other major carrier at Boston Logan Airport,” Madeira said.

The commissioners voted for Silver Airways over another contender — Boutique Airlines — during a special meeting Friday.

The board sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation Friday in support of the Silver Airways proposal, the manager said.

In the letter, Blasi stated, “After considering both of the proposals and also the recommendation that was provided to us by our airport advisory committee in support of Silver Airways, we agree that the equipment, fares, frequency, and JetBlue Airways code share that Silver Airways proposed would better serve the needs of this community versus the Boutique Air proposal.”

The U.S. DOT will now make the decision on which seasonal carrier — Silver Airways or Boutique Air — will serve as Hancock County’s seasonal carrier.

Madeira wants Hancock County residents to remember that Cape Air serves the community year-round.

The outgoing seasonal carrier, PenAir, is scheduled to resume service May 25 through June 30.

“We continue to be optimistic that we will have a smooth transition from PenAir to our next seasonal carrier on July 1,” Madeira said.


Jennifer Osborn

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