Nantucket Airlines

Extra Assistance

We do our best to provide service to customers with physical limitations, but due to the size and design of our aircraft, there are some services that u are prohibited from offering in accordance with FAA safety regulations and the US DOT regulations.

To download a PDF version of the Department of Transportation 14 CFR Part 382 and/or to contact the Department of Transportation please view the Air Carriers Access Act.

Assistance in the airport

  • Please come to our ticket counter and request any assistance that you may need through the terminal or to our aircraft. Many of our airports are staffed by only one employee, and so we may not have someone readily available to assist you from the curb into the airport. If you need assistance into the airport, please call our reservations phone number from your cell phone (866-CAPE-AIR) and we can contact the ticket counter to request assistance for you.


Assistance getting to the gate and aircraft

  • Our aircraft require ground loading, due to their size and configuration. Most of our airports are on one level, or have an elevator available to get you to the ground level for boarding. Contact our reservations office for information about airport facilities


Assistance boarding or disembarking our aircraft

  • From the ground level, you must ascent 3 steps to get into the aircraft and to a seat. Due to the size and configuration of our aircraft, lift devices or lift chairs are not able to be used. Department of transportation regulations prohibit airline employees or representatives from hand-carrying passengers into or out of the aircraft, except in the event of an aircraft emergency. While we do all possible to assist you up and down the aircraft stairs, regrettably we are unable to accommodate those who can not ascend or disembark from the aircaft without assistance.   


Wheelchair assistance in the airport

  • At most airports we have wheelchairs available to help you from the ticket counter to the gate area. Please advise our reservations agent if you will need wheelchair assistance within the airport


Traveling with your own wheelchair

  • One wheelchair per passenger will be accepted and transported at no additional charge. Advance notice is recommended due to space limitations on the aircraft. For transport in the Cessna 402 and Britten Norman Islander, only collapsible, non-motorized wheelchairs (or other assistive devices) are accepted due to the space limitations of the aircraft. Advance notification to obtain any requirements that may apply, particularly regarding wheelchairs with wet cell batteries to be transported in our Micronesia region, is recommended. Early check-in is also recommended for all passengers with wheelchairs so that there is adequate time to load the wheelchair on board and offer any special assistance that may be needed.
  • FAA regulations prohibit transportation of battery powered wheelchairs inside of the passenger cabin.


  • Oxygen

    For Transport in the 9-Passenger Cessna 402 
    Personal oxygen supplies, including oxygen concentrators, are not permitted to be used or carried on board and Cape Air is not authorized to provide medical oxygen.

    For Transport in the 46-Passenger ATR-42

    Personal Oxygen Concentrators (POCs) which are FAA-approved may be utilized on board at no additional charge. 


Other assistive devices

  • Other manual devices, such as crutches or walkers can be carried at no charge in addition to your standard baggage allowance.



Service Animals

  • Our aircraft only have space to accommodate one service animal with you in the passenger cabin. Please contact us to inquire and reserve space if traveling with a service animal. Documentation is required for emotional support animals.

Traveling with a Car Seat

  • Children under the age of 2 can sit on laps, and/or child seats can be used if the parent wishes to purchase an additional seat for the lap child and they provide a FAA/DOT approved child seat.  Over 2 years of age, the seat criteria is listed below.  
  • The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) strongly urges passengers to secure your child in a CRS or device for the duration of your flight. It's the smart and right thing to do so that everyone in your family arrives safely at your destination. The FAA is giving you the information you need to make informed decisions about your family's travel plans.