St. Louis Downtown Airport Welcomes West Star Aviation as Newest Tenant

By on February 13, 2018

From Bi-State Development:  St. Louis Downtown Airport today announced it has entered into an agreement with West Star Aviation to launch a new operation at the Cahokia-based airport. West Star Aviation, which also has operations in East Alton, Ill., is a Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Organization (MRO). The company specializes in the repair and maintenance of airframes, windows, and engines, as well as major modifications, avionics installation and repair, interior refurbishment, surplus avionics sales, accessory services, paint and parts.

West Star has purchased a 43,000 square foot hangar to provide its services at the airport, adding additional employees to its existing workforce in the Metro East and reinforcing St. Louis Downtown Airport’s position as an economic engine for the region. St. Louis Downtown Airport is owned and operated by Bi-State Development. Recent studies reveal the airport and associated St. Louis Downtown Heliport account for 3,371 direct and indirect jobs with a total payroll of $151 million. With a total economic impact of nearly $584 million, St. Louis Downtown Airport ranks among the top five airports in the state of Illinois and is the second busiest general aviation airport in the St. Louis region, behind Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

“The addition of West Star Aviation at St. Louis Downtown Airport further increases our worldwide presence in the MRO industry, and continues to demonstrate how public-private partnerships elevate our region,” said Erick Dahl, Director of St. Louis Downtown Airport.

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