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New director faces modern-day challenge at MidAmerica Airport

New director faces modern-day challenge at MidAmerica Airport
May 14, 2020 Evan Glantz

This story was originally published in the Illinois Business Journal on May 12, 2020.


DENNIS GRUBAUGH | Illinois Business Journal


“Bryan Johnson was barely on board as the new director this spring when operations at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport came to a drastic slowdown, thanks to a worldwide virus.

Johnson on April 3 took over the post held by Tim Cantwell, who retired after 17 years.

Any plans he brought with him have been affected by the same COVID-19 that’s affected the entire globe.

“We’re faced with having to react as things change weekly and sometimes daily,” he said. “It’s a unique time that none of us has lived through before.”

The airport stands to get $3.6 million through the CARES Act, the Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration, which will go toward operations and other projects deemed qualified for use.

Johnson said he remains determined to build on the growth that the airport has been enjoying for the past several years, including passenger flight service, cargo hauling and tenancy…”

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