(KMOV) – A private jet company plans to use vacant parts of the Lambert International Airport in St. Louis to begin operations.
Officials with Jet Linx say the project could bring at least 100 construction jobs as well as other opportunities to the St. Louis area.
The company plans to convert facilities formally used by the Missouri Air National Guard into their new home base including a private terminal facility and hangar. The facility has been dormant since 2009.
Along with construction jobs created by the renovation project, officials say could have a trickle down impact for bringing more businesses to the area.
The private jet company plans to invest more than $1 million to lease seven acres of land at the southwest end of the airport and another $1 million invested in renovations to the facility. Jet fuel will be purchased from local venders at $3 million, yearly.
The project will create jobs for design, construction, operations and opportunities for pilots.
St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley said “the most important is for people to see that there are opportunities out there for businesses out there wanting to come to the airport... to expand.”
“What this mean for the region as a whole is a great opportunity for us. First of all, it’s local people creating great jobs and opportunities for the St. Louis region,” Dooley added.
Jet Linx signed a ten-year lease agreement for the new facilities at Lambert. Once the renovations are done, operations are scheduled to begin by the end of next month.