- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) - Quincy Regional Airport has updated its security system as it closes in on 10,000 people boarding Cape Air flights this year.

The Transportation Security Administration and airport management moved equipment last week to revamp the security layout, the Quincy Herald-Whig (http://bit.ly/16JFjQt ) reported. Manager Jarred Hester said they quietly moved 7,000 pounds of machinery without passers-by noticing the change.

The airport’s goal is to reach 10,000 boarding passengers for the year so it qualifies for a $1 million maintenance grant, Hester said. Cape Air had reported 9,568 people by Dec. 15, and reservations show the airport on track to hit its goal by the end of the month. The airport offers round-trip flights to St. Louis.

“Fuel prices are coming down so good now that people can afford to fly again,” said president Mike Curtis of Great River Aviation LLC, which supplies fuel and helps meet general aviation needs at the airport.

The airport has “all the building blocks of a big airport,” Hester said.

“It’s valuable to everybody in the community, whether they know it or not,” Hester said.

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Information from: The Quincy Herald-Whig, http://www.whig.com

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