2018 Illinois Primary Airport of the Year Hits Number Three Months Faster than in 2017

July 27, 2018 –MidAmerica St. Louis Airport this week welcomed Timothy Lay and family of Belleville, Ill., as the 100,000th passenger to enplane at the airport this calendar year.  The Lay family were travelling to Destin, Fla., on the regions’ only non-stop service to that destination, a perennial vacation spot for a significant portion of the region’s travelers. He and his family joined a full Airbus 320 load of passengers for the trip on July 26.

Lay was surprised but happy to receive an Eckert’s Farm gift certificate from St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark A. Kern. “We’re getting ready to have some fun! The airport’s convenience and friendly folks are a great beginning,” noted Lay.

“In 2018, we are trending to host 310,000 passengers through the terminal, up from 245,000 in 2017.  Allegiant’s flight values coupled with MidAmerica’s convenience is a tremendous product for the region’s travelers,” noted St. Clair County Chairman Mark Kern.  “MidAmerica is the State of Illinois’ sixth largest passenger service airport, for now, and the trending 30% increase just this year may have us higher than that soon.”

“We just reached the 100,000th passenger milestone three months sooner than we did in 2017,” said Tim Cantwell, director of MidAmerica Airport. “Our growth is continuing, and we look forward to more frequencies and more non-stop destinations in the future.”


MidAmerica St. Louis Airport

MidAmerica St. Louis Airport is located in Mascoutah, Illinois, in the eastern portion of the St. Louis metropolitan area. 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 recently located a new manufacturing facility at the airport; North Bay Produce, an international, grower-owned, year-round, fresh produce marketing and distribution cooperative headquartered in Traverse City, Mich., as well as AVMATS, a company providing alternatives for the support and maintenance of corporate aircraft, which has been operating at MidAmerica for almost a decade. 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. 

For more information, visit www.flymidamerica.com.