MARION — Cape Air announced Wednesday in a news release that flights from Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois in Marion to Nashville International Airport in Nashville, Tennessee, will begin Jan. 29, and are now available for booking.
The release stated that two flights will be available to Nashville on weekdays. Flights will depart at 7:38 a.m. and 3:03 p.m. and arrive in Nashville at 8:59 a.m. and 4:24 p.m. One flight will be offered on Saturday, departing at 10:33 a.m. and arriving 11:54 a.m.; and on Sunday, departing at 12:33 p.m. and arriving in Nashville at 1:54 p.m.
Cape Air continues to offer four flights between Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois and St. Louis Lambert International Airport on weekdays and two flights between Marion and St. Louis on weekends.
"We are excited to be expanding our service at Veterans Airport," Linda Markham, president of Cape Air, said in the release. "The added service allows residents and visitor’s greater access to Southern Illinois and more options for our passengers looking to connect with our major airline partners in both St. Louis and Nashville."
Fares between Marion and Nashville start at $69 each way. Fares between Marion and St. Louis begin at $29 each way. Reservations for Nashville flights can be made now by visiting capeair.com, calling 800-CAPE-AIR or in person at the Cape Air City Ticket Office at 202A N. Market St. in Marion.
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"With Nashville being such a growing destination of its own and a majority of our market's connecting traffic flowing to points south, we anticipate great success with these new flights," said Doug Kimmel, director of Veterans Airport.
Passengers also will experience a new aircraft, as Cape Air continues to replace its current fleet. The new plane has more cabin and luggage space, and an additional seat for a co-pilot.
“We’re also looking forward to the new aircraft, Tecnam Traveler. It will be available for flights to both Nashville and St. Louis,” Kimmel said.
In October, Cape Air was awarded a four-year contract to provide flights to and from Veteran’s Airport. Cape Air has provided flights to and from Marion since Nov. 8, 2009.