MidAmerica Airport (BLV)

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Beginning May 26, Allegiant, which is the only passenger airline serving MidAmerica, will add direct flights to Myrtle Beach, S.C., on a seasonal basis, as well as year-round service to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Its flights to Destin/Fort Walton, Florida, will increase to five days a week.


http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/news ... ights.html
MidAmerica is close to breaking even on money. I thought that would never happen. I hope they get there.

http://fox2now.com/2017/02/28/mid-ameri ... ir-county/
I'm flying out of Mid-America for the first time on Thursday.

Can anyone who has used it before give me an idea of what to expect in terms of security, parking, etc.? I really don't know anything about it.

Much appreciated.
debaliviere wrote:
Tue Mar 14, 2017 3:09 pm
I'm flying out of Mid-America for the first time on Thursday.

Can anyone who has used it before give me an idea of what to expect in terms of security, parking, etc.? I really don't know anything about it.

Much appreciated.
I know parking is free and it is just a normal lot. That is about all I know though, so I am also curious. Let us know how it goes for you.
debaliviere wrote:
Tue Mar 14, 2017 3:09 pm
I'm flying out of Mid-America for the first time on Thursday.

Can anyone who has used it before give me an idea of what to expect in terms of security, parking, etc.? I really don't know anything about it.

Much appreciated.
This might help a little. I hope it goes well for you.

http://travelupdate.boardingarea.com/tr ... t-blv-jax/
In case anyone is curious, our experience at BLV was a breeze. Free parking, quick security check-in. There's a small bar/restaurant serving the four gates, and a few vending machines. The lack of hassles probably made up for the amount of time it took us to drive to Belleville.
Out of curiosity, how was Allegiants service? I've heard horror stories of planes filling with smoke/emergency landings. Also, when you return to BLV, do they say welcome to Belleville or welcome to St Louis? I'm interested because I do know that in Jacksonville they market the route as a flight to St Louis.


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Chalupas54 wrote:
Tue Apr 04, 2017 12:44 pm
Out of curiosity, how was Allegiants service? I've heard horror stories of planes filling with smoke/emergency landings. Also, when you return to BLV, do they say welcome to Belleville or welcome to St Louis? I'm interested because I do know that in Jacksonville they market the route as a flight to St Louis.


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It was perfectly fine. Felt comparable to flying on Southwest or other carriers. They did say "Welcome to Belleville," and it was a little different to see Belleville listed on the departures/arrival schedule.
The airport might start charging for parking. I think $3 a day isn't crazy and worth trying out.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/traffic/al ... 80a18.html
I am somewhat skeptical this is even real based on the cluster of a homepage that makes no sense when you read all through it but I am posting it anyway. Supposedly starting service next year and BLV is one of the first airports for it. I can't see a business class airline getting any traction at BLV. I could take it more seriously if it was going to Lambert or the downtown airport. Take with a grain of salt, imo.

http://metroairways.net
Your skepticism seems reasonable. They're claiming to operate Avro RJ-100s and talking about just over a hundred "business" class seats on "efficient" aircraft. The RJ-100 is a twenty year old regional quad-jet. I believe it can, as claimed, operate off shorter airfields. Belleveille is not a shorter airfield. They have enough runway to handle Air Force 1 or an A 380. Almost both on simultaneous departures. The RJ-100 seats around a hundred people people in one class. You can brand it business, but that means economy, does it not? They say the pitch is 31, which is pretty consistent with cattle class on a typical long haul. And is . . . about straight up stock standard. It's not business class. They're just calling it that. Maybe they have nicer than usual amenities, but the aircraft only has a practical range of about four hours give or take. (Four and a half, you take their max stated speed and their max stated range from Wiki, but after you factor in diversions and a margin of error and such like . . .) All that said, it's a darn short flight. Short haul. Small cabin. It sounds like a cramped and noisy MD-80. (Those extra engines come at a cost.) Eh . . . I wish them luck. But their branding won't survive the first reviews.
Sign-A-Rama

Now we know who did their logo....
http://www.bnd.com/news/local/article156293494.html

Midamerica installing more TSA equipment.

TSA plans to go to a semi-automatic bag screening process from a manual screening process. They can go from 26 bags an hour per person to 140 bags an hour, Hursey said.

Anyways, that is good they need more I guess. Also would be able to have TSA Pre, although I am not sure that is needed. I don't know if Allegiant even supports it anyways.
Allegiant adding Phoenix-Mesa starting November. This is 2 days a week, year round.

http://www.ksdk.com/money/business/alle ... /450521695

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