By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Cape Air announced late Wednesday afternoon that it will be adding an extra plane on select flights out of Quincy Regional Airport.
During Saturdays and Sundays before and after Christmas Day, Cape Air will double its passenger capacity by adding another nine-seat aircraft to the following flights:
º 7 a.m., 10:40 a.m. and 2:40 p.m. on Dec. 22.
º 10:50 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. on Dec. 23.
º 7 a.m., 10:40 a.m. and 2:40 p.m. on Dec. 29.
º 10:50 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. on Dec. 30.
In a statement, Quincy Mayor John Spring said he welcomed the additional planes.
"Cape Air is not only providing safe and reliable air travel but now an even more convenient service as well," he said. "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."
If 10,000 passengers fly Cape Air, the airport would be eligible to receive $1 million in federal airport maintenance funds.
In order to receive the funds, 986 "revenue passengers" must fly out of Quincy Regional Airport this month.