Missouri Aviation Facts
- Missouri has approximately 500 aviation facilities,
including both public and privately owned airports, heliports,
seaplane bases, and grass landing strips. Of those, approximately
140 are open to the public and 115 are publicly owned.
- Approximately 6,200 aircraft and 11,200 pilots are registered
- There are eight commercial service airports served by
approximately 19 scheduled airlines that transport over
20 million passengers annually. The two primary commercial
service airports are Lambert St. Louis International and
Kansas City International. Springfield, Joplin, Columbia,
Cape Girardeau, Kirksville and Fort Leonard Wood also
have commercial service.
- There is 51.6 million sq. ft. of paved runway in the state,
which is equivalent to a three lane highway from St. Louis
to Kansas City. Twenty five runways have a length greater
than 5,000 feet.
- In 1998, there were only five fatal accidents in over
2.4 million takeoffs and landings.
- Since 1990, MoDOT distributed over $80 million in state
and federal grants for airport improvements, which included
the construction of five new airports, six new runways,
nine extensions and 18 rehabilitations.
- Over 160,000 tons of cargo are transported by air annually.
- The aviation industry employs over 16,000 people in Missouri.