Cape Air continues its seasonal (through mid-September) nonstop service to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard from the county airport outside of White Plains.
A quick check of the schedule on Cape Air’s website reveals five flights to Nantucket on Friday, July 29, for example: departing White Plains at 9:05am, 1:00pm, 1:30pm, 6:40pm, and 8:21pm. Another check of the flight schedule on Monday, August 8 reveals three flights to Martha’s Vineyard: departing White Plains at 7:40am, 11:20am, and 6:50pm. There is more service to and from these islands Friday through Monday, with a reduction in service Tuesday to Thursday. Departure times vary from day to day, so it’s best to check Cape Air’s website for accurate details.
For many who enjoy either of these two island paradises, a nonstop flight is a blessing in disguise despite a hefty price tag (averaging just over $500 per person). The only other way to get to these islands is by ferry, and that means a 4- to 5-hour car ride from Westchester to Cape Cod to access those ferries. If you’re traveling on the weekends or at other peak times, tack on a couple of extra nightmarish hours of traffic crossing the bridges on to the Cape. You also have to arrive at the ferry about an hour before it departs to park, get your “boarding passes”, and check your luggage. The ferry crossing to the Vineyard (from Woods Hole) takes about 45 minutes and to Nantucket (from Hyannis), about an hour. Costs involved with traveling by ferry include gas for the 4-plus hour car ride, the ferry fare itself, and daily parking at the ferry. And if you wanted to bring your car on to the islands, you’d have to shell out an additional $400 to do so for Nantucket or $150 for Martha’s Vineyard.
Flying time from White Plains is about 65 minutes to the Vineyard and 75 minutes to Nantucket. All flights are aboard 9-passenger Cessna aircraft.
For more information on Cape Air, Martha’s Vineyard, or Nantucket, visit their websites or call your travel agent.