Atrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5613 posts, RR: 54 Posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1211 times:
Being from Southern Illinois, we always seem to get the back up news of whats going on in STL and ORD/MDW. Finally we have some good news involving our own little airport, KMWA in Marion, Illinois.
Which most know has EAS service to STL via Great Lakes at the moment. Here is the article discussing the plans. I hope it works out and will be great to see an actual terminal take place at the MWA Airport.
Also a damn shame Allegiant left when they did. Would have been nice to spot the occasional MD80!!!
MARION - It's only the first step in a long process, but a new grant from the Federal Aviation Administration makes Williamson County Regional Airport one step closer to a new terminal.
The airport received a grant worth $199,931 from the FAA to pay off land acquisitions and to design a terminal building. Manager Doug Kimmel said about $160,000 of the grant will go toward the land. The rest is to start financial planning for the terminal.
U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello, D-Belleville, who is also chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee, said in a news release that the grant would help keep the airport on top of its game.
USXguy From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 830 posts, RR: 6 Reply 1, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1185 times:
so they're going to spend a few million for the 200 pax that fly Great Lakes to St. Louis every month, even though Kimmel said Lakes would be "a fantastic fit for the airport" compared to RegionsAir, that was doing over 1300 a month to STL.
Lets not forget that Kimmel + Costello = Lots of pressure on Durbin to have FAA go after Regions.
Highliner2 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 692 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1136 times:
Yeah, at least Regions had a codeshare with AA.
When Great Lakes came in, I knew there would be trouble, neither would be willing to budge in order to come to terms on a codeshare agreement.
The lack of that is what is killing the Great Lakes service, it's the reason I drive to STL now instead of flying out of MWA.
Personally I was furious with the whole lot of them (Durbin, Kimmel and co), they have done nothing but muck up air service here in So IL. Personally, with fuel prices being what they are, they need to pull the plug on this ridiculous excuse for air service. No codeshare, lower frequencies.
STL is only 2 hrs away, PAH less than that.
Thanks to Durbin and his cronies for "fixing" air service here in So IL. Now put that dog down and stop wasting taxpayer money.