The most recent data from the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport revealed that the use of the airport in northern Scott County is still making its way back from COVID 19. Hope persists CGI, as the facility is known, will reach at least 8,000 passengers — or “enplanements” — for the entire calendar year of 2021. If the Cape Girardeau city-owned airport breaks through this threshold, the attainment will unlock a big amount of Federal Aviation Administration funding through FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Officials reported that 798 passengers boarded aircraft in September for a total of 5,919 thus far for the year. For airports such as Cape Girardeau Regional, reaching a passenger volume level between 8,000 and 9,999 will make CGI eligible for $600,000 in new federal funding. Airport officials informed the Airport Advisory Board on Tuesday that representatives from the consulting firm Burns and McDonnell will be attending the November AAB meeting to discuss the new terminal project. This terminal is part of the Terminal Access Master Plan (TAMP), which is to be funded by the city’s capital improvements sales tax and also by some proceeds of the $17.5 million federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act grant.