Taxpayers Have Paid Over $124M for Underused Belleville Airport

Taxpayers Have Paid Over $124M for Underused Belleville Airport

(IRN) – An underused airport near Belleville has required local taxpayers to chip in over $124 million since 2002 to keep it operational.

According to Illinois Policy, in the 25 years since it opened, MidAmerica Airport has suffered a string of failed passenger carriers and unsuccessful attempts to build its cargo business, earning the moniker “Gateway to Nowhere.”

Shortly after the airport opened in 1997, it was the subject of a segment on NBC News’ “The Fleecing of America.”

Taxpayers Have Paid Over $124M for Underused Belleville Airport

Taxpayers Have Paid Over $124M for Underused Belleville Airport

(IRN) – An underused airport near Belleville has required local taxpayers to chip in over $124 million since 2002 to keep it operational.

According to Illinois Policy, in the 25 years since it opened, MidAmerica Airport has suffered a string of failed passenger carriers and unsuccessful attempts to build its cargo business, earning the moniker “Gateway to Nowhere.”

Shortly after the airport opened in 1997, it was the subject of a segment on NBC News’ “The Fleecing of America.”

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