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Cape Air Making Final Push for 10,000 Passengers

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

More people are flying in and out of Quincy Regional Airport than ever before.

In fact, Cape Air flew 997 passengers in October...that's the highest total yet in the almost three years cape air has been in Quincy.

 
 

"I'm flying from Quincy to St Louis, St Louis to Chicago, and then Chicago to Boston."

Lindsay Harrison has a long trip tonight - but she says she's used to traveling - and so is her dog harry, who always accompanies her.

"He just sits underneath the seat the whole time in the back, and he's traveled about ten or fifteen times."

Airport Director Jeff Steinkamp calls the airport an asset to the community - because of the variety of travelers who pass through the terminal. He says many are simply traveling for pleasure, but it's also a major draw for businesses who fly associates to and from the region.

"This is economic development, this is kind of the gateway or the doorway to the city."

Steinkamp says the airport has made the city four point three million dollars in economic impact, and now they are looking ahead to making it better. If the airport racks up ten thousand passengers in 2012, it will receive one million dollars for various projects - such as safety improvements to the runways, and taxi-way maintenance out front.

"We've got a list of ten to fifteen projects that are ready to go if we get the money."

He says if they don't come up with those passengers, the city would only receive 150-thousand - and many of the projects would have to wait.

Back on the terminal, Harrison says she appreciates having the airport in Adams County.

"it's always very smooth, very quick."

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