City of Cape Girardeau Airport Advisory Board recommends Contour Aviation as next air service provider

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – The City of Cape Girardeau Airport Advisory Board recommends Contour Aviation as the region’s next air service provider. The Airport Advisory Board’s recommendation will be discussed by the Cape Girardeau City Council at their Monday, June 6 meeting. If approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the new service could be flying in and out of Cape as soon as September 2022.

In March, SkyWest announced it intended to terminate service in Cape Girardeau but will continue flights until new airline service starts.

Three recently submitted proposals included Contour Aviation, Boutique Air, and Southern Air.

  • Contour – 30 seat jet Two flights/day to Nashville
  • Boutique – 8 passenger;single engine Four flights/day to Nashville
  • Southern – 9 passenger single engine Four flights/day to Nashville or St. Louis (optional Chicago flight)

Staff has also continued conversations with SkyWest regarding other options, including two flights per day to Chicago paired with other cities; however, the options did not offer the level of service the community has become accustomed to.

Selecting an eight or nine passenger option instead of regional jet service would require the city waive the right to demand twin engine (jet) service in the future.

The Contour proposal pivots Cape Girardeau to a Nashville hub for $29-$99/flight. Previously SkyWest flew to Chicago. Before that, Cape Air flew to St. Louis. Connecting flights out of Nashville are also expected to be competitive. Contour has an American Airlines ticket/bag agreement. Contour also boasts high recommendations from each current service city, according to the City of Cape Girardeau.

The Cape Girardeau Regional Airport serves more than 240,000 people living within a 40-minute drive. The airport has been of increasing interest to Southeast Missouri State University with a new flight school and growing international student population. The airport had more than 10,000 enplanements in 2019 before the pandemic. The airport is also planning a new terminal approved by voters in 2019.

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