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Cape Air flights sold out for Eclipse weekend

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MARION -- One local airport is expecting full flights before and after the Eclipse, and airport staff are planning on handling more visitors for the big event.

Even with the expected thousands of people that could potentially descend on Southern Illinois during the total solar eclipse, workers at Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois in Marion said they are treating Aug. 21 as just another day on the job.

Cape Air flies to and from St. Louis and Marion, but if you're hoping to catch a flight to St. Louis after the Eclipse, you might be out of luck.

"For the two days prior to the eclipse, all inbound flights are full," Veteran's Airport Director Doug Kimmel said. "Then, from the afternoon of the Eclipse for the next few days all outbound flights are full."

Kimmel said full flights mean the airport will be working hard to help their passengers get where they need to go, so if you think you'll be able to park at the airport for a good view of the eclipse, you'll want to think again.

"We really aren't going to allow any of the grounds to be utilized for eclipse viewing from the public because we need to maintain parking accessibility to our facilities for our normal customers," he said.

Kimmel also said customers are always the airport's first priority. While Eclipse Day might be business as usual, that business is ensuring the safety of everyone who flies out of the Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois.

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