St. Louis Regional Airport

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St. Louis Regional Airport
St. Louis Regional Airport (logo).png
Airport type Public
Owner St. Louis Regional
Serves Alton, Illinois
Location Bethalto, Illinois
Elevation AMSL 544 ft / 166 m
Coordinates 38°53′25″N 090°02′46″W / 38.89028°N 90.04611°W / 38.89028; -90.04611
ALN is located in Illinois
ALN is located in the US
Location of airport in Illinois/United States
Direction Length Surface
ft m
11/29 8,101 2,469 Asphalt
17/35 6,500 1,981 Asphalt
Statistics (2006)
Aircraft operations 42,537
Based aircraft 102
Sources: FAA[1] and airport web site[2]
Diagram for St. Louis Regional (ALN)

St. Louis Regional Airport (IATA: ALNICAO: KALNFAA LID: ALN) is a public airport four miles (6 km) east of Alton, in Madison County, Illinois.[1] It is in the village of Bethalto but its mailing address is East Alton.[2]

Its operations are paid for by an airport taxation district created in 1946, which collects taxes from property owners in the Madison County townships of Alton, Wood River, Foster and Fort Russell.[3]

F-4 Phantom II on display at the airport with the control tower in the background


Civic Memorial Airport opened in 1946 and received its current name in 1984.[4]

In the spring of 2004 the airport was at the center of a scandal. Its recently retired manager Marion Richardson and other current and former employees were investigated for suspicion of misappropriation of airport property.[5]


The 2,250 acres (910 ha) airfield sits at 544 ft (166 m) MSL. It has an 8100 by 150 ft (2469 by 46 m) runway that runs roughly east-west (11/29) and a 6500 by 100 ft (1981 by 30 m) crosswind runway that runs north-south (17/35).[1] With an ILS approach and tower-controlled class D airspace, the facility can accommodate a Boeing 747.

In 2006 the airport had 42,537 aircraft operations, average 116 per day: 93% general aviation, 4% air taxi, 3% military and <1% airline. 102 aircraft were then based at the airport: 91% single-engine, 6% multi-engine, 2% jet and 1% helicopter.[1]

West Star Aviation is the largest fixed-base operations (FBO) company at the airport. In 2008, Premiere Air changed their name to West Star aviation and the company has remained since that time. The company provides a wide range of services from engine repair, interior and exterior paint services, avionics installation and repair, refurbishing, aircraft part sales, and airframe inspections.[6]

Today a fair amount of air traffic and the Direct TV blimp comes for Cardinals playoffs, as the St Louis Lambert airport cannot take the blimp.


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for ALN (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2007-12-20
  2. ^ a b St. Louis Regional Airport, official web site
  3. ^ St. Louis Regional Airport Manager Plans to Retire Soon. St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 16-Sep-2002.
  4. ^ St. Louis Regional Airport: Tradition, official web site
  5. ^ Resignations under way at airport. The Telegraph, 1-May-2004.
  6. ^ Pollard, Fred (March 10, 2008). "Local aviation company undergoes name change". The Alton Telegraph. Retrieved 2011-02-07. 

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