With numerous professional offices on its grounds, and a future development of a nearby subdivision in the planning process, St. Louis Regional Airport in Bethalto continues to have a major impact on the area economy. One of the bigger success stories is the resurgence of an aircraft maintenance facility that some had given up for dead just a few years ago.
Premier Air had closed its doors when West Star Aviation came in and began to build the business back up a couple of years ago. Now it is the anchor tenant at the facility, refurbishing pre-owned aircraft, according to Airport Manager David Miller.
In other activity, the Airport Restaurant, which has been closed for about two years, is closer than ever to reopening. The facility was completely remodeled over the past couple of years, but was unable to keep the doors open. A number of RFP's- or Requests For Proposals- have been returned, with a deadline of February 29 for any other developers to submit a plan.