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MidAmerica Timeline

MidAmerica Timeline

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November 1997: MidAmerica Airport opens in Mascoutah. The joint-use airport, built at a cost of more than $300 million — more than two-thirds of it federal funding — was envisioned as a reliever airport to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

January 1998: Unable to lure a passenger airline, MidAmerica Airport is featured on Tom Brokaw's "Fleecing of America" series on NBC News.

July 2000: Pan American Airways announces plans to fly from MidAmerica to small airports near Chicago and Orlando, Fla.

August 2000: Pan Am Flight 251 takes off for Gary-Chicago Airport in Indiana, marking the airport's first scheduled passenger flight.

December 2001: Pan Am ceases flights to and from MidAmerica, citing sluggish ticket sales.

August 2003: Great Plains Airlines negotiates with St. Clair County officials to provide passenger service to Chicago, Washington and four other airports.

October 2003: Great Plains launches service at MidAmerica with a direct flight to Chicago's Midway Airport.

January 2004: Great Plains halts flights to MidAmerica after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

September 2004: Transmeridian Airlines announces passenger flights between MidAmerica and Orlando, Fla.

April 2005: Allegiant Air begins offering passenger flights between MidAmerica and Las Vegas, later adding service to Sanford, Fla.

September 2005: TransMeridian shuts down operations nationwide, ending its scheduled charter service between MidAmerica and Orlando.

October 2008: First scheduled cargo flight carries 15 tons of flowers from Bogotá, Colombia.

January 2009: Allegiant Air ceases passenger service to MidAmerica.

August 2010: Boeing Co. announces plans to open a manufacturing facility to house 75 new jobs in former refrigerated warehouse.

Thursday: North Bay Produce, Inc., opens a 36,448-square-foot refrigerated warehouse built at a cost of $5.7 million.

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