By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Cape Air had 889 boardings during January to continue the momentum from last year, according to Jeff Steinkamp, director of Quincy Regional Airport.
"This enplanement count is a good solid start to the new year and is 19.5 percent ahead of a year ago" when 744 passengers boarded flights between Quincy and St. Louis, Steinkamp said.
Cape Air ended 2012 with 1,110 outbound passengers during the month of December. That is the best monthly enplanement total since Cape Air began operating at Quincy in November 2009. The airline had 10,126 revenue passenger boardings for all of last year. By reaching over 10,000 enplanements the city of Quincy qualified for a federal grant of $1 million that can be used for capital infrastructure and safety improvement projects at the Quincy Regional Airport. Part of this funding will be used this spring on a $500,000 T-hangar taxiway improvement construction project.
"It is good to see that people are taking advantage of this service and that we are off to such a positive start with our passenger boardings for the coming year," Mayor John Spring said.