Side note, has anyone heard if BLV is actually going to expand their terminal? I find it amazing that airport suddenly has a need to grow.
I think it has been approved but they don't have the funding yet. I emailed them a couple months ago. This was one question and answer.
Is there any concern that you are doing a major expansion on the airport when you only have one airline. If the money is spent then Allegiant goes under, is bought out, or leaves then we are left with an empty airport. I am all for expansion if it is warranted but I would hate to see all this money spent then we have nothing to show for it. Are there any assurances from Allegiant that this is needed or other airlines that could show up to fly from the airport? Unless Allegiant adds a fair amount of new flights (or hopefully a base) I would think they should be able to get by with the current setup. I would just like to know more about the thoughts that went into forecasting that this is needed. I think the airport has done a great job recently, I just want to make sure we don't get ahead of ourselves.
The passenger terminal is operating at or above capacity during the peak hour. The original facility was designed as a 4-gate operation of which two are ground level walkout gates and two are served by passenger boarding bridges. Post 9/11 security concerns and ADA issues effectively eliminated the walkout boarding opportunities as stairs and lack of secure waiting space make these two gates unpractical. This, in addition to the Airport experiencing 2-3 flights during the peak hour and the continued growth forecasted, has necessitated a plan to right-size the terminal. The current layout precludes additional airline service. Allegiant has demonstrated the need for passenger service at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport. Airlines with similar business plans exist in today’s marketplace. It is anticipated that additional carriers could come to BLV.