To say it's pricey for airlines to fly from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is an understatement! Check out this story in today's St. Louis Post-Dispatch...
The airport "has struck a new five-year deal that will force airlines using Lambert-St. Louis International Airport to shoulder some short-term financial burdens but hand them more control over airport spending. The agreement, which was endorsed Wednesday by the St. Louis Airport Authority, did not ease the high landing fees at Lambert that are projected to be $8.96 per 1,000 pounds of landed weight for each aircraft. The rate is four times that charged to major tenant airlines landing in Kansas City or Indianapolis."
The landing fees at our airport currently stand $1.22 per 1,000 pounds of landed weight. This is all worth mentioning because there's a vocal minority in Springfield who are convinced that our airport charges "outrageous" landing fees, thus forcing the airlines to charge higher fares. Here's how we compare to some other airports, according to the Post-Disptach:
- Lambert-St. Louis International: $8.96
- Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International: $4.09
- Pittsburgh International: $3.51
- Des Moines International: $2.34
- Kansas City International: $1.96
- Indianapolis International: $1.95