First TF Green to Block Island flight to take off

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) – Starting Thursday morning, travelers will be able to forgo the ferry and instead take to the air en route to Block Island, as Cape Air is officially launching its new flight service out of T.F. Green Airport in Warwick.

Cape Air announced back in February that it was planning to offer daily flights to and from Block Island. The first such flight took off at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

The short flights, which will transport less than a dozen passengers at a time, will allow passengers to make the trip to and from the island in just more than 30 minutes each way, the company said.

Cape Air said in February that Block Island Airport has a very short runway, which limits the types of aircraft that can land there. Cape Air recently acquired Britten-Norman Islanders – nine-passenger, high-wing, twin-engine airplanes that have the capability to land on short runways.

Cape Air will also offer flight service between Block Island and Westchester County Airport in New York.

Passengers can book their flights to Block Island now by visiting capeair.com, or by calling 800-CAPE-AIR.

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