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AIR TRAFFIC

Passengers board a Cape Air flight at the Williamson County Regional Airport in Marion, Ill. on Friday, September 7, 2012. (The Southern File Photo)

MARION — For the second consecutive year, Cape Air has served 10,000 passengers at Williamson County Regional Airport in Marion, rendering the airport eligible for $1 million in federal grants that can be used for capital infrastructure and safety projects.

These funds are made available to commercial service airports with 10,000 passengers or more each year as part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program. Cape Air hit 10,000 passengers Dec. 16 at the Williamson County Regional Airport.

“We know how financially important it is to the airport that we reach 10,000 enplanements in a calendar year,” Linda Markham, president of Cape Air, said in a news release. “We’re delighted that we were able to help the airport secure this important infrastructure funding for the second year in a row.”

Cape Air has grown steadily at the Williamson County Regional Airport since entering the market in December 2009. Enplanements rose 41 percent between 2010 and 2012, and January to November enplanements for 2013 were up 3 percent compared to the same period in 2012. When combined with deplanements, or passengers flying into the Williamson County Regional Airport, Cape Air will handle nearly 20,000 passengers in 2013.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the continued success that Cape Air has had in our market, not only for the benefits it provides to the airport, but also for it continuing to provide reliable and affordable air service for our region,” Doug Kimmel, Williamson County Regional Airport director, said in a news release.

Cape Air offers daily service between the Williamson County Regional Airport and St. Louis. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.capeair.com, by calling 800-2273-247, by visiting Cape Air’s ticket office at 202A N. Market in Marion or by visiting a local travel agent.

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