Regional airline Cape Air is continuing to expand its American Airlines-affiliated route network in the U.S. Midwest by launching three-times daily service between...

Regional airline Cape Air is continuing to expand its American Airlines-affiliated route network in the U.S. Midwest  by launching three-times daily service between Kirksville Municipal Airport, Missouri (IRK) and Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL) in mid-September.

“With American Airlines as our Midwest codeshare partner our operation is continuing to grow with passengers finding Cape Air a convenient alternative to driving to and from St. Louis,” says Dan Wolf, Cape Air’s president and CEO. “Beginning on September 17th we plan to offer three daily round trips between Kirksville and St. Louis. With a flight time of about an hour and a round trip fare of under $100, our newest route offers Missouri passengers a convenient and affordable alternative to the almost four hour drive to St. Louis. Passengers can also take advantage of a number of American Airlines benefits.”

“For economic development and both business and leisure travel, it is important for Kirksville and the surrounding area to have convenient access to St. Louis and beyond. With Cape Air and the American Airlines partnership the new air service is a vital asset for our community,” says Kirksville Mayor Todd Kuhns.

Hyannis, Massachusetts-based Cape Air operates a fleet of 61 Cessna 402 twin-turboprops on routes in different areas of the United States, as well as two larger ATR 42 turboprops on services among the Pacific Ocean islands of Micronesia

Partnership benefits include the convenience of baggage transfer along with the same concourse connections in St. Louis and the ability to book the entire itinerary directly with American Airlines at or 800 433 7300. In addition, American Airlines/Cape Air passengers earn AA Advantage miles on the entire trip, including the Cape Air portion.

Now in its 21st year, Cape Air is one of the largest independent regional airlines in the United States, annually flying more than 610,000 passengers in New England, New York, the Caribbean, and Florida, the Mid-Atlantic, the Midwest and Micronesia.

With a fleet of 61 Cessna 402s and two ATR 42s, the employee-owned company operates up to 565 flights a day. Based in Hyannis, Massachusetts, Cape Air also operates flights under the Nantucket Airlines brand.

Cape Air is a codeshare partner with Continental Airlines in the Caribbean and Micronesia, with JetBlue Airways in New England and with American Airlines in the Midwest. In addition, Cape Air has ticket and baggage agreements with most major airlines.