The Cape Girardeau Regional Airport is Waiting on the FAA’s Approval of New Terminal Plan

Cape Girardeau Regional Airport officials recently told members of the city’s airport advisory board they expect to have “a conversation” with the Federal Aviation Authority within the next two weeks regarding the airports plan for a new passenger terminal. Officials with the Federal Aviation Authority could approve it or they may ask for modifications and for now the airport is waiting on Washington and they are sort of in a holding pattern. Airport officials along with consultants from St. Louis-based consulting firm Crawford, Murphy and Tilly turned in a plan to the FAA in the later part of last year for a suggested 8,300-square-foot terminal that would be located just northeast of the current facility in northern Scott County. Officials said they looked at half a dozen concepts for the new terminal and they chose the least expensive, most conservative option. They say the terminal they currently have houses around 13,000-square-feet under roof. This terminal site proposal is part of the Terminal Access Master Plan (TAMP),  that among other things suggested a half a dozen extra  box” hangars and fifteen new  T-hangers to accommodate airplanes in what officials project to be a flourishing market for air travel at the end of this year once COVID 19 runs its course. TAMP projects will be partly funded by Cape Girardeau’s capital improvements sales tax and by some proceeds  from the  $17.5 million Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act grant, officials say. Officials say being able to utilize he CARES money is a one-time opportunity and there is a certain deadline to utilize them and airport officials are being “fiscally responsible” in the grant’s expenditure.

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