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U.S. government commits $12.6 million to MidAmerica terminal expansion

Some $12.6 million is being released to support the final phase of expansion of the terminal at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah.

U.S. Sens. Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin, both Democrats from Illinois, and Rep. Mike Bost, a Republican congressman from Murphysboro, made separate announcements on grants this week.

“The $12.6 million represents two types of ‘grants,’ said Airport Director Bryan Johnson. “The $9.7 million is discretionary dollars plus another $2.9 million in entitlement dollars all allocated for the terminal expansion. They are essentially one unit of funds directed to the MidAmerica St. Louis Airport.”

The funding comes from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program and federal COVID-19 relief packages and routed through the U.S. Department of Transportation.

“Investing in our airports is key to Illinois’ economic success, especially as communities recover from the effects of COVID-19,” Durbin said. “This funding will help modernize MidAmerica Airport and create a safer and more efficient experience for travelers. I will continue working with Senator Duckworth to ensure Illinois communities have access to these federal funds.”

“MidAmerica Airport is an important economic engine for the Metro East, and investments in our airports are critical to keeping travelers safe and creating good paying jobs,” Duckworth said. “I am proud to continue working with Senator Durbin to help ensure our aviation and transportation systems have the support necessary throughout this pandemic and beyond.”

“MidAmerica Airport plays an important role in connecting residents and military personnel in our region to key destinations across the United States,” said Bost. “Expanding the terminal building will help ensure that MidAmerica can make necessary updates and continue to serve the needs of Southern Illinoisans for years to come.”

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