St. Louis Regional Airport in Bethalto continues to be a major player in the local economy, with recent figures showing an impact of about $78-million when you combine aviation and non-aviation business. The numbers were laid out yesterday in Collinsville at an event hosted by the Illinois Department of Transportation Division of Aeronautics.
The Department's Dr. Susan Shea says there are three airports leading the way in the St. Louis Region, led by St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia, generating an impact of $583-million and 3,300 jobs.
The three airports have unique ways of impacting their local communities: Downtown Airport serving as the region's front door for business aviation, serving corporate interests. Many professional sports teams in the NFL and MLB also fly into St. Louis Downtown Airport on chartered aircraft. It is also home to the nation’s oldest flight school, St. Louis University’s Parks College. St. Louis Regional has found a niche in enabling corporate activity, air cargo, recreational flights and civilian and military training. It also features a business park offering full multi-modal access for business to Interstates 270-70, 55-70 and 255, as well as convenient connections to Amtrak, other rail transportation and water transportation.