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U.S. DOT plans to "decouple" Cape Girardeau/Quincy air service

U.S. DOT plans to "decouple" Cape Girardeau/Quincy air service (file photo of SkyWest plane at Quincy Regional Airport December 2017)

The U.S. Department of Transportation plans to “decouple” air service between Cape Girardeau Regional Airport and Quincy Regional Airport.

Former Quincy Airport Director Terrance David Ward said the decision happened to improve air service reliability at both airports.

“Whenever there were ice, weather or other safety issues that grounded flights out of Cape Girardeau, that affected Quincy,” Ward explained. “I’ve been working with both the DOT and Skywest on what we can do to improve the service.”

Quincy Regional Airport chose Skywest to run its Essential Air Service last year when its contract expired with Cape Air. Skywest started flying jets in and out of Quincy Regional Airport to and from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport last December. Right now, those jets pick up passengers from Cape Girardeau, Missouri before continuing on to Quincy and then Chicago. However, that is expected to change beginning January 2019.

“We’re constantly working to improve the service, and decoupling the two airports will improve the service” Ward said. “A delay at Cape Girardeau will no longer have an effect on Quincy passengers.”

Ward said O’Hare International Airport is the most active airport in the Midwest. Right now, about 1,000 passengers are flying out of Quincy Regional Airport per month. Based on passenger feedback. Ward said he recommended to the DOT and Skywest providing early morning, afternoon and evening flights out of Quincy Regional Airport to improve air service. He said that would help provide more options for passengers.

“The more Essential Air Service is used, the more it will be enhanced,” Ward said. “As long as people use the flights, they will continue to be enhanced.”

Ward’s last day as Quincy Regional Airport director was August 15. He currently works with a private, Indiana-based management group, called Aero Management Group (AMG), to improve all aspects of aviation at Quincy Regional Airport. Last week, Quincy's Aeronautics Committee voted to recommend hiring AMG to run the airport. That decision now sits in the hands of Quincy aldermen.

For now, Ward encourages passengers to provide feedback by e-mailing him at tward@aeromanagementgroup.com.

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