First scheduled air service planned between Connecticut and Nantucket Island fails to take off

Monday, June 8, 2009, 9:45 by Aviation Correspondent

A company based in the United States that promised to operate the only scheduled air service between Connecticut in north-eastern United States to the island of Nantucket in Massachusetts, the United States, has cancelled the flight even before it could take off.
The PublicCharters.com had planned to fly between Groton-New London Airport in Connecticut and Nantucket 4 days a week from Thursday through Sunday from June 4, 2009, through September 7, 2009, with the roundtrip air fare starting at $199.

The reason for cancelling the plan was that “we had no ticket sales,” Mike Gallagher, chief financial officer for PublicCharters, a small aviation services firm based near Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, the United States, said in a press release.

The company, since announcing the service on April 1, 2009, had sold a total of 22 tickets for the Groton-Nantucket route for the entire season, Mike Gallagher said.

PublicCharters.com had intended to use an Embraer EMB-120 ER aircraft, which can seat 30 people, on the Groton-Nantucket route.
At present, the choices for reaching the island of Nantucket include taking the ferry from Hyannis in Massachusetts, or taking a flight from New York, Boston, or New Bedford in Massachusetts.

PublicCharters is a service of Aviation Technologies Incorporated, based in Avoca, near Scranton, in Pennsylvania. 

Both the company and the aviation officials of the State of Pennsylvania blamed the current economic recession for the cancellation of the Connecticut- Nantucket air service.

In the press release, Mike Gallagher, however, said that PublicCharters, which is not flying anywhere as of now, planned to launch two other routes soon, adding that “the company still thinks that it can find a market for service out of Groton-New London Airport in Connecticut.”

The Pennsylvania State Department of Transportation, the local media reported, had, in April 2009, promoted the planned Connecticut-Nantucket flight and PublicCharters had advertised on local radio, television as well as in print publications.