Q&A on Cincinnati and Big Sky

Friday, March 9, 2007

Q: Will I still be able to go through security in Cape Girardeau and not in Cincinnati?

A: Yes, security at Cape Girardeau will clear a passenger through to any domestic destination.

Q: How long is the flight to Cincinnati?

A: One hour, 25 minutes under average conditions. The flight to St. Louis is about 27 minutes.

Q: What type of planes will Big Sky fly?

A: Beech 1900 D, Twin Turbo Props. The planes have a seating capacity of 19 people. Big Sky currently has 10 of these planes in its fleet serving 21 cities in seven states.

Q: Will Big Sky buy more aircraft if it wins this contract?

A: Big Sky president Fred deLeeuw said the company has contracts out on eight more Beech 1900s and options to buy four others. He will close the contracts if awarded the bid by the Department of Transportation.

Q: When will the arrival and departure times be scheduled out of Cape Girardeau?

A: Cape Girardeau will have three flights daily, and deLeeuw said passengers can expect an early morning, midday and a late afternoon flight that overnights locally. Big Sky, he said, will work with local officials to ensure those flights match up with the most frequent connections in Cincinnati.

Q: What is Big Sky's performance record?

A: In 2006, Big Sky had a cancellation rate of between 1 and 1.5 percent. Big Sky flights landed within 15 minutes of their scheduled arrival 85 percent of the time.

SOURCE: DOT, Cape Girardeau Regional Airport, Big Sky Airlines

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