MASCOUTAH, Ill., June 10, 2024 — MidAmerica St. Louis Airport (BLV) is pleased to announce that new, nonstop service by Allegiant between BLV and McGhee Tyson Airport in Acola, Tenn. (TYS), will begin on Thursday, June 13. The new route was announced earlier this year and will provide individuals with direct access to Knoxville and the Great Smoky Mountains. Flights between the two airports will be offered twice weekly – on Sundays and Thursdays. The new route marks the only nonstop service currently available between St. Louis and Knoxville in the St. Louis region.

“Knoxville is a great addition to the existing low-cost flights offered by Allegiant from MidAmerica St. Louis Airport and will connect passengers to a region not previously served by BLV,” said St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern. “We know passengers will appreciate having convenient, nonstop access to this popular destination while still benefiting from the hassle-free experience of flying from BLV.”

The new route between BLV and TYS is the 11th nonstop destination offered by Allegiant via MidAmerica St. Louis Airport and the first destination in Tennessee. Other destinations include Ft. Lauderdale, Destin/Ft. Walton Beach, Jacksonville, Sanford/Orlando, Sarasota/Bradenton, Punta Gorda/Ft. Myers and St. Pete/Tampa in Florida, as well as Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Savannah, Ga.

“We are continually working to increase the number of flights and destinations for our leisure travelers, and given that we are in the midst of our busiest travel season of the year, the timing of this service rollout couldn’t be better,” said Darren James, director of MidAmerica St. Louis Airport. “We are excited to offer this nonstop option to area travelers looking for a low-cost, convenient way to experience the city of Knoxville and Great Smoky Mountain National Park.” Flight days, times and the lowest fares can be found at or

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About MidAmerica St. Louis Airport

MidAmerica St. Louis Airport is located in Mascoutah, Illinois, in the eastern portion of the St. Louis metropolitan area. Passenger service to a variety of popular destinations is offered by Allegiant. Major multimodal rail and inland port centers are located within 22 miles of the airport, which also enjoys easy access to five interstate highways via I-64. With parallel runways of 8,000 and 10,000 feet, the airport can handle simultaneous take-offs and landings in all conditions, minimizing delays. It has an annual capacity of 200,000 operations. Tenants include Boeing, which has a manufacturing facility at the airport and North Bay Produce, an international, grower-owned, year-round, fresh produce marketing and distribution cooperative headquartered in Traverse City, Mich. MidAmerica is a Joint Use Airport partnering with Scott AFB, the home to US Transportation Command, a multi service organization, and Air Mobility Command, the USAF’s component command for airlift. MidAmerica and the 375th Air Mobility Wing operate Scott AFB/MidAmerica St. Louis Airport.