(Lambert St. Louis International Airport Photo)
Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder this week suggested that the City of St. Louis sell Lambert St. Louis International Airport to private investors in order to improve service and relieve the city of the burden of owning and operating an under-performing airport. This may ease the operational costs in the short run, but there would not be a large windfall. Mayor Francis Slay, in his response, pointed out that the FAA does not allow the use of revenue from the sale of an airport to cover other costs of the former owner. Also, with the political mistrust that exists between the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County and the state of Missouri, sale of the airport to an entity other than a regional authority, Slay wrote, would not bring about any improvement in the performance of the airport. Although the sale of Lambert Airport is not practical at this time, at least there is a recognition of a problem (airport), and that may be the first step toward a solution.