MASCOUTAH, Ill. (AP) -- A struggling airport in southwestern Illinois will soon be getting a new passenger air service.
St. Clair County and MidAmerica St. Louis Airport officials announced details during a news conference Tuesday at the airport near Mascoutah, just east of St. Louis.
Officials said Allegiant airlines will be offering nonstop jet service between the bi-state St. Louis area and Orlando, Florida, via Orlando Sanford International Airport. The service is set to bein on November 7th this year and will offfer $69.99 one-way rates.
MidAmerica has struggled since opening in 1998, and it lost its last passenger service a decade later.
Since then, the county largely has focused on attracting cargo business to the money-losing airport.
Allegiant offered flights out of MidAmerica Airport from April, 2005 to January, 2009, but ceased operations. Three other airlines have ceased operations from the airport since it opened in 1998. Those airlines include Pan American Airways, Great Plains Airlines and TrasMeridian Airlines.