Cape Air examines serving Fort Lauderdale

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US operator Cape Air is considering launching flights in and out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida to as part of its strategy to find counter seasonal markets to balance out its peak summer service to Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, Provincetown, Hyannis and other destinations.

Carrier CEO Dan Wolf recently revealed the evaluation in an interview with Air Transport Intelligence, noting Cape Air could possibly serve Key West or the Bahamas from Fort Lauderdale.

The airline already offers flights with its Cessna 402s from Fort Myers to Key West. Additionally, Cape Air offers flights from San Juan, Puerto Rico to several Caribbean destinations, and recently announced new San Juan-Nevis flights scheduled to commence in November.

The new flights from Fort Lauderdale could help absorb some excess capacity Cape Air has during the winter months, Wolf explained. "Right now in the middle of summer we don't have excess capacity," he said.

Cape Air is also entertaining placing four 402s in Guam to augment its flights currently operated with two ATR 42 turboprops it flies as Continental Connection between Guam, Rota and Saipan.

"We're looking at that," said Wolf. "We haven't made the final decision. We're a United partner there so it is something we need to talk with United about." United and Continental merged last year.

Wolf noted no ferry service exists in the islands of Micronesia, and any transportation between those islands is conducted by aircraft.

Cape Air's network also includes flights in the US Midwest, New England and the Mid-Atlantic regions.