The "state-of-the-art" MidAmerica Airport, located in St. Clair County (Illinois), built in 1997, cost $300 million and was meant to be a "reliever" for St. Louis Lambert International Airport and also to feed off Scott Air Force base's needs. However different factors, including Lambert's expansion, made the investment almost useless, inasmuch it was not used by any commercial airlines. That fact was on its way to undermine a 1988 study by the Illinois Department of Transportation that predicted 2.8 million passengers would use MidAmerica Airport by 2005.
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