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Quincy Regional Airport nears 10K passengers in 2012

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

The Quincy Regional Airport is less than 700 passengers away from the 10,000 passenger mark for 2012, which would qualify them for a federal grant worth $1 million.

Right now, the airport only receives $150,000 in federal funding.

The airport would have to maintain 10,000 passengers each year in order to qualify to receive the $1 million federal grant.

The airport needed 986 passengers for December to reach the 10,000 passenger mark for 2012.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Quincy Regional Airport Director Jeff Steinkamp said the airport was down to approximately 660 passengers needed by the end of the month.

Steinkamp says the airport generates more than $40 million for the area.

"It is one of our gateways, doorsteps to our cities and the economic development is huge," said Steinkamp.

Lee Thompson checked into his Cape Air flight this afternoon on his way back to St. Louis and then on to Alabama.

Thompson is a hunter and says he flies into Quincy a few times a year for hunting trips, and said he likes the convenience.

"If we had to fly into St. Louis, we would have to rent a car and then drive two and a half hours to get up here," said Thompson.

Steinkamp said the grant would allow for a number of significant projects at the airport.

"One of the runways we want to take a look at to maybe buy some, purchase some property in the area off the airport to make it safer and fulfill federal regulations," said Steinkamp.

Steinkamp said the entrance to the airport and taxiways also need to be improved.

If the 10,000 passenger mark is not reached, the airport will only receive $150,000 in federal funding, and Steinkamp says it will limit how soon they can make certain improvements.

Thompson said he hopes the airport reaches its mark, but he says he'll keep using it either way.

"It's easy to get in and out of, really easier than the large airports, so I like it. I don't see anything wrong with it," said Thompson.

Click here read more about the extra travel opportunities in the Cape Air release below:

In anticipation of heavy Christmas Holiday air travel, Cape Air Airlines has decided to add extra aircraft to selected flights from the Quincy Regional Airport to the St. Louis Airport.  During the Saturdays and Sundays before and after Christmas Day, Cape Air will double their passenger capacity by adding another 9 seat aircraft to the following selected flight schedules:

Saturday, 12/22/12, Flights #1142, #1146 & #1154

Sunday, 12/23/12, Flights #1148 & #1152

Saturday, 12/29/12, Flights #1142, #1146 & #1154

Sunday, 12/30/12, Flights #1148 & #1152 

Cape Air Schedule

 

Quincy to St. Louis

 

Flight Number

Depart

Arrive

 

 

 

 

 

 

1142

7:00 am

7:50 am

 

 

 

 

 

 

1146

10:40 am

11:30 am

 

 

 

 

 

 

1148

10:50 am

11:40 am

 

 

 

 

 

 

1152

2:15 pm

3:05 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

1154

2:40 pm

3:30 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

                   

 

Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.capeair.com, by calling 1-800-Cape-Air, by visiting Cape Air's city ticket office at 727 Hampshire in Quincy or by calling your local travel agent.

Quincy Mayor John Spring said, "I welcome this addition of extra aircraft for area residents to take advantage of and this commitment by Cape Air makes them an even more solid partner with the City of Quincy.  Cape Air is not only providing safe and reliable air travel but now an even more convenient service as well.  With this additional passenger capacity, I would encourage everyone to fly Cape Air to help meet our goal of 10,000 total enplanements for 2012."

About Cape Air:

Now in its 23rd year, Cape Air is one of the largest independent regional airlines in the United States annually flying over 700,000 passengers to destinations around the world including New England, New York, the Caribbean, Florida, the Mid-Atlantic, the Midwest and Micronesia. With a fleet of sixty- six Cessna 402s and two ATR-42s, the employee-owned company operates up to 600 flights per day. Based in Hyannis, Massachusetts, Cape Air also operates flights under the Nantucket Airlines brand.  Cape Air is a codeshare partner with United Airlines in the Caribbean and American Airlines in the Midwest.  In Micronesia Cape Air operates as United Express.  In addition, Cape Air has ticket and baggage agreements with most major airlines.  Cape Air's unique brand of customer service, MOCHA HAGoTDI,* has earned the airline accolades as ‘Best Airline' on Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard and in the United States Virgin Islands. The airline has been recognized for outstanding philanthropy in the communities it serves and Cape Air Founder and CEO Dan Wolf was recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year™ Award.

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