St. Louis Downtown Airport Facility Project to Support Over 450 Jobs

CAHOKIA — The downtown St. Louis airport is seeing a trend that continues this year with an escalation in flight operations and a new project to create hundreds of high-tech jobs.

This project will support more than 450 high-tech aerospace manufacturing jobs by improving production safety, reliability, and efficiency, improving airport operations, and increasing global competitiveness for Southwest Illinois, as well than for the state as a whole. The project has been in the works for several years and construction is expected to begin later this year.

According to an Illinois State study, St. Louis Downtown Airport contributed more than $422 million in economic impact to the region in 2019, including factors such as airport activity. airport and visitor spending.

“Our aviation customers choose to fly to St. Louis Downtown Airport for convenient access to the central business district, educational institutions, major sporting events, concerts, races and more,” said airport manager Sandra Shore.


“They also appreciate the excellent service provided by a professional team that discreetly meets their varied needs in a pleasant, convenient and uncluttered environment.”

Flight operations soared last year to more than 100,000, surpassing 2019 pre-pandemic levels at the airport at 6100 Archview Drive in Cahokia. Flight operations at the airport increased to a total of 101,938 last year, the highest total for the airport in the past five years, according to Patti Beck, senior director of media and public relations for Bi-State Development.

The total number of air operations exceeded 2019 figures by more than 5%, which is significant given that the corona virus pandemic continued to have a significant impact on air travel last year.

The trend number of flight operations represents a 31.2% increase over 2020 flight operations, a strong signal that private and business travel customers are back in the skies and flying to and from the closest airport to downtown Saint-Louis.

“The general trend for the first quarter of 2022 confirmed that the rebound is continuing and should see even greater acceleration due to key events attracting more travelers to the region in the coming months,” said Mary Lamie, vice president. -Executive President of Bi-State Development. multimodal companies of Bi-State Development.

Bi-State Development owns and operates Downtown St. Louis Airport, which is Illinois’ busiest general aviation airport, located on 1,000 acres in Cahokia Heights and Sauget.

Airport operations were impacted by winter storms for a few days in February, which was the only drop in flight operations recorded this year.

Future growth of the downtown St. Louis airport will be supported by the $5 million state grant recently awarded to the airport as part of the 45-year Rebuild Illinois capital infrastructure plan. billion dollars that Governor JB Pritzker signed into law in 2019.

The funding will cover the cost of constructing a ground engine run-up facility, a critical upgrade that will benefit four aircraft maintenance providers operating at the airport.

The airport supports significant recreational, charter, and business flying activity, as well as flight instruction from St. Louis University Parks College, the nation’s oldest continuously operating flight school.

Additional activities supported by the airport include government operations, military training, property tours, medical transportation, aerospace technology research, and glider flying.

Given its strategic location just east of downtown St. Louis, the airport serves as the entry point to the metropolitan area, tourist attractions and amenities that compelled Time magazine to name St. Louis among the “greatest places in the world in 2021”.

Recognizing the wealth of attractions and destinations within a 15-mile radius of its terminal, St. Louis Downtown Airport offers a visitor’s guide, which is available for download at https://www.stlouisdowntownairport.com/visit/.

The guide provides suggestions for places to visit, from museums, parks and stadiums to casinos, breweries and a host of other unique attractions, such as the World Wide Technology Raceway, which recently hosted the sold-out Enjoy Illinois 300 NASCAR race. .

For more information about St. Louis Downtown Airport, visit www.stlouisdowntownairport.com.

David H. Henry