MidAmerica's just right for the Air Force

November 3, 2013 

I read the letter by George Ahring Oct. 27 concerning the merits of Mid-America Airport. His comments were thought-provoking.

If MidAmerica Airport motivated the advisory committee for air base closures to keep Scott Air Force Base open, then the airport was well worth the cost. This is especially true if MidAmerica Airport enables Scott Air Force Base to handle types of aircraft that it previously could not handle.

Sometimes something that does not work well in its designated role works very well in another role. I once explained this to Airport Director Tim Cantwell and I have also written to former U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello about it.

MidAmerica Airport has not done very well in attracting commercial aviation business, but it can add greatly to the military potential of Scott. The Air Force can benefit from it and so could any of the other services.

Cantwell is not to blame for the dismal performance of the airport in attracting civilian aviation business. Anywhere when there is nothing forthcoming or nothing to be made available, there is simply nothing to be had. It is a simple matter of reasoning.

What is needed for MidAmerica Airport is a change of direction and not a change of director. If it can be given to the Air Force with minimal penalties, that is the most sensible thing to do.

Frank B. Austin


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