Recently overheard in the cornfields of Mascoutah: “Ding-ding.” “Fill ‘er up with Jet A, sir?” “It’s another great day for MidAmerica Airport.”
St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern effused that $77,000 in annual revenue from Allegiant Airlines’ new flights to Las Vegas was a great day. Seriously, folks, we’ll need a bunch more flights and destinations to fill the $13 million hole MidAmerica Airport puts in the county budget each year.
So they get a penny from the new food vendor. They get a nickel from new flights added by Allegiant. They make a dime selling aviation fuel. They make a quarter renting land to farmers. Still leaves us $13 million in the red.
That said, cheap flights to Vegas at an airport that doesn’t require an expedition in from the parking lot followed by a strip search in the terminal sounds like a good thing to us. Allegiant’s pulled the plug before when the economics weren’t right, so get your tickets to Vegas or Florida while you can.
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