By DOUG WILSON
Herald-Whig Senior Writer
Cape Air flights at Quincy Regional Airport continue to attract more passengers.
During the first three months of the year, the commuter airline had 2,362 outbound passengers on flights from Quincy to St. Louis. There were 2,133 passengers in the same period last year.
"This is a 10.7 percent increase over ... the first three months of 2012," airport Director Jeff Steinkamp said.
The additional 229 passengers through the end of March is important to the airport, which receives $1 million in federal grants if it has 10,000 boardings or more during a calendar year. The airport had 10,120 passengers in 2012, topping the boardings threshold for the first time since 2002.
Cape Air, based in Hyannis, Mass., has provided flights between Quincy and St. Louis since November 2009. The airline had 7,027 boardings in 2010 and 9,248 during 2011.
The airline provides six round-trip flights each weekday and three each on Saturday and Sunday. One-way tickets are $49 for most flights.