Nantucket Memorial Airport is a public airport located on the south side of Nantucket Island. It is owned by the Town of Nantucket and is situated three miles southeast of the town center. It is known as the second busiest Airport in Massachusetts, after Logan International Airport.
In the late 1930s, Leslie Holm, a farmer who lived in Nobadeer, plowed over and smoothed his cornfields with the assistance of David Raub, who was a former test pilot, who had moved in Nantucket. Together they managed to form the Nobadeer Flying Service and bought three small planes for charter and instruction. Very soon, they decided to allow the Town of Nantucket to use fields on his property as an airfield. Up to this day, Holm's farmhouse is located at the intersection of Old South and Nobadeer Farm Roads. The Airport has been built around it.
In the period of World War II, The U.S. Navy took control of the Airport and started to operate it as Naval Auxiliary Air Facility Nantucket. Later, the Navy constructed temporary bunkers and buildings which were torn down after the war. The bunkers that were made from steel are currently used for airport storage purposes.
A variety of airlines served Nantucket through the 1990s. Some of them used jet airlines as big as the McDonnell Douglas DC-9-30 that was operated into the Airport in 1969 on a seasonal basis during the summer months.
Since then, the Airport has gone through significant renovations. In 2009 the Terminal was upgraded and expanded at the cost of approximately $29 million. The expansion was needed in order to increase the capacity of the Terminal. Another reason was to separate air-taxi passengers, who did not require security screening from airline passengers who did.
Now the Airport is home to a variety of general aviation aircraft