Cape Town City Council puts airport board recommendation on hold

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) – Will passengers departing from Cape Girardeau land in Chicago or Nashville?

This is the question before the Cape Girardeau municipal council.

After a presentation by the airport board that recommended a new carrier, Contour, and a new destination, Nashville, the board decided to wait until the next meeting to vote on any recommendations.

One of the reasons for the delay is an email that airport manager Katrina Amos received from Skywest/United Express. The email said Skywest would rescind its termination notice on June 24.

The process of finding a new carrier began when Skywest issued the termination notice earlier this year.

The Council decided to wait for the vote.

This would give Skywest more time to develop the final proposal.

The city must make a recommendation to the Department of Transportation by June 30.

Some of the proposed changes Skywest has unofficially made include sharing planes with other cities such as Paducah and Decatur, IL. The reason it’s not as appealing as other options would be the limited number of seats on the plane.

Airport manager Katrina Amos said she’s been happy with Skywest in the past but isn’t sure about the future.

Several Skywest employees spoke about the change, saying the destination could also affect the flight experience, with some passengers having to go through security a second time in Nashville.

The board voted 5-1 to move the vote to June 20.

Tameka Randle was the dissenting vote.

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