David Terry, a regional director of Cape Air, reviewed many of the details of the company’s four-year contract to provide service to St. Louis from Quincy Regional Airport. The new contract starts Dec. 1.
This includes the opening of a maintenance facility within at Quincy Regional Airport, opening a downtown ticket office and a shuttle in St. Louis to allow passengers transferring to a different flight to avoid going through security again.
Terry also mentioned the airline’s plan to replace its fleet of Cessna 402s, which were last produced in the 1980s.
“Right now, we are working with a couple manufacturers to build a new nine-seat aircraft for us, which will be the future of Cape Air,” he said.
Terry said it was at least two years down the road the airlines began to receive new planes.
When asked whether the airline is pursuing a gate in Chicago at O’Hare International Airport, Terry said it was explored, but it would create a challenge for Cape Air, including the $1.5 million cost to obtain a gate.
“It’s a long flight. It’s about a two-hour flight or more in a Cessna 402, which is challenging for us,” he said. “We don’t have restrooms. We don’t have flight attendants. So it’s going to be a real challenge for our operation to make that happen.”
Airport Manager Marty Stegeman said through August there have been 5,843 people to fly out of Quincy on Cape Air. This is up from 4,836 through August of 2010. Stegeman said unofficial numbers for September are above 800.
Under the new contract, Cape Air will receive an annual subsidy of $1.96 million.