Nantucket is a neat little airport – located on the northern part of the island, it serves regional flights during their peak season, and a smattering of prop-plane commuter flights year round, weather permitting.
When I’ve previously visited Nantucket, I’ve always flown directly to Boston, and from their rented a car, driven to Hyannis, and then taken the ferry over. Let me be the first to say that flying directly onto the island is such a joy and takes a huge hassle out of what’s otherwise supposed to be a pleasurable experience.
American Eagle operates a once daily Nantucket to Washington Reagan flight on a E-175, which was completely full on my trip (in fact, almost oversold).
Check-in is done inside, with each regional airline having a small section of counter space.
Once you check in, you’re then told to wait about pre-security until about a half hour before boarding. Unlike most airports, you’re not allowed to go through security until you’re called, as there’s not enough space post security to hold everyone. At about 11:00am, a half hour prior to boarding, we were called to go through.
On the other side is a large room with benches, with two “gates,” which are really just doorways to the outside.
Boarding was called and we proceeded through the doorway out onto the paved lot outside, walking to the plane, a couple hundred feet away.
Boarding was via a ramp. Once inside, I was offered a pre departure beverage and I chose cranberry juice. Seating in first class is the usual 1×2 configuration, and my favorite spot is always 1A as it’s a single seat, at the bulkhead with very generous legroom.
Of course, as flying into Washington Reagan, the views on final approach are wonderful.
Overall, a really nice flight experience, mainly because of the location of the airport and how convenient it is to town. I’d almost certainly consider flying into here over doing the ferry, if time and cost permitted.
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