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10,000th passenger of 2012 took off from Quincy Regional Airport

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(WGEM File Photo) Passengers prepare to board a Cape Air flight at Quincy Regional Airport in June. The airport expects its 10,000th passenger of 2012 to board a Saturday morning flight, qualifying the airport for a $1 million bonus. (WGEM File Photo) Passengers prepare to board a Cape Air flight at Quincy Regional Airport in June. The airport expects its 10,000th passenger of 2012 to board a Saturday morning flight, qualifying the airport for a $1 million bonus.
QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

One man's seemingly ordinary flight home from visiting his family over the holidays, will soon give Quincy Regional Airport a major financial boost to start improvement projects.

Scott Blois said he never expected that by boarding his flight Saturday on Cape Air he would be helping to improve the Quincy Regional Airport.

By being the 10,000th passenger in 2012, Blois helped the city receive $1 million dollars in federal funding.

Blois was in Quincy visiting family for the holidays and said the surprise was an honor.

"It's always fun to be recognized as special and to me it was a fun feeling and wonderful gifts and it just finishes the wonderful week in Quincy," said Blois.

Quincy Mayor John Spring and airport director Jeff Steinkamp were there to commemorate the occasion today. As it stood this year, the city only receives $150,000 a year in federal funding.

Spring said the boost in funding will allow the city to tackle big improvement projects.

"We have a list of projects. Many of them involve runways or roadways into the airport that will take a look at and try to make some decisions on what we can do in the future with the use of this money," said Quincy Mayor John Spring.

Spring said by making the improvements, it will bring the airport to the next level.

"It's an economic boom. We need to provide air transportation, commercial transpiration for our business community and our tourism community. We hope our partnership with Cape will even increase the possibilities here in the future to get back to Chicago, to get back into the Chicago market as well as the St. Louis market," said Spring.

Blois received a complimentary set of round trip tickets from Cape Air and gifts from the city for hitting the milestone.

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