Economy
5:16 pm
Mon August 8, 2011

Metro East officials losing patience with MidAmerica Airport

Today the Wall Street Journal ran a story about decreasing prospects for small regional airport's like MidAmerica Airport in Mascoutah, IL.

When it was built over a decade ago MidAmerica was meant to serve as a "reliever" airport for Lambert and nearby Scott Air Force Base.  As the Journal reports, those aspirations have largely failed to pan out, as departures from Lambert have dropped significantly since Sept. 11.

Now, the airport is pinning its hopes to the prospect of serving as a freight hub for Chinese and South American goods.  Just like Lambert.  A prospect that some St. Clair County board members say is too much competition for the small airport to compete.