Martha’s Vineyard Airport saw spike in private flights over Fourth

The next 20 years are mapped out for the Martha's Vineyard Airport. — File photo by Ralph Stewart

Martha’s Vineyard Airport welcomed a high number of private flights over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Airport manager Ann Crook said 472 private airplanes landed at the airport over the weekend, which is 66 more than last year. Ms. Crook said it was a significant increase.

“We definitely had a busy holiday weekend this year,” Ms. Crook said.

The airport sold 83 percent more fuel this year than in 2015, which is the main source of revenue for the airport, Ms. Crook said.

“That’s huge, because it’s almost double from last year,” she said.

The airport did not have a count of commercial flights, but Ms. Crook estimated that those numbers were up, too. She added that there was a very low level of complaints over the holiday this year.

“More people were traveling, and it was safe and efficient,” Ms. Crook said.

This is the first summer season on the Vineyard for Ms. Crook, who took over the airport manager spot at the beginning of May. She previously managed Elmira Corning Regional Airport in New York, and has over 25 years experience managing airports.