Nantucket’s Island Airlines shutting down, effective immediately

Cape Air is now the only airline operating to and from the island.

You won’t be flying here on an Island Airlines plane anytime soon. —Terry Kole / AP

Trying to get to Nantucket in the near future? You won’t be doing so on an Island Airlines plane.

On Friday, the Nantucket-based airline and shipping service announced that it was stopping all operations effective immediately.

“It is with great sadness that we are forced to announce that Island Airlines and Cape & Islands Air Freight will be closing it’s [sic] doors effective immediately,’’ said a statement on the airline’s website. “It has been a pleasure to serve the Nantucket community for over 24 years and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused to our loyal customers. We would like to extend our deepest thanks for your business and support.’’

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An operator at the airline declined to comment, and calls to the Airline’s reservation line rang unanswered.

Island Airline’s planes accounted for a little less than a fifth of all commercial flights out of Nantucket from July 2014 to June 2015, Nantucket’s The Inquirer and Mirror reports. The airline owns five, nine-seat Cessna Grand Caravans and three, eight-seat Cessna 402’s, according to The Inquirer.

Friday’s closure means that Cape Air is now the only airline operating planes between Hyannis and Nantucket.

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