Published in Midwest Flyer Magazine (online) – December 2020/January 2021 issue
MASCOUTAH, ILL. – MidAmerica St. Louis Airport has announce that a key phase of its planned terminal expansion is moving forward, thanks to nearly $6.5 million in grant funding recently awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Program. The funds will be used for a variety of critical infrastructure and safety improvement projects to enhance overall operations at the airport, which was seeing significant passenger growth each year prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The airport continues to operate as a joint-use airport with Scott Air Force Base.
With the allotted funds, MidAmerica Airport will expand its existing 53,500 sq ft terminal by an additional 41,000 square feet under Phase Two of their four phase Passenger Terminal Modification project. This phase of the project will create a standard TSA screening area, two additional second-level boarding bridges, a service animal relief area, new family restrooms and a nursing room. The grant will also provide ADA enhancements for individuals with disabilities to Gate 2 and the security checkpoint, as well as expand the current departure lounge and build added space for concessions.
Phase Two is the largest phase of the project and will include the building shell (foundations, walls, roof) and the initial rough-in of interior systems (electrical, fire protection, plumbing, etc.). Funding for the final two phases is being programmed by the FAA and Illinois Development Authority and each should take about 12 months, with final completion of the entire project expected in late 2023.
“MidAmerica is an important hub of transportation for residents and military personnel in and around the Metro East,” said U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) when announcing the grant funding in September 2020. “This grant will allow MidAmerica to make essential updates to the airport terminal building, so that they can continue to serve the needs of southern Illinoisans for years to come.”