Aviation General Information

Missouri boasts nearly 500 aviation facilities, including publicly owned airports. Of those, 107 are eligible to receive MoDOT funding.

Thousands of pilots and those employed by the Missouri aviation industry depend on MoDOT to administer funds and oversee projects which include airport and runway construction and maintenance. 

Millions of passengers use commercial service airports, including St. Louis Lambert International and Kansas City International as well as Springfield-Branson National Airport, Joplin Regional Airport, Branson Airport, Columbia Regional Airport, Cape Girardeau Regional Airport, Kirksville Regional Airport and Waynesville-St. Robert Regional Airport. More than 190,000 tons of cargo are transported by air in Missouri each year.


The Multimodal Operations Division of MoDOT includes the Aviation team. This team administers state and federal funding for airport maintenance and capital improvement projects. Other duties include planning projects, Airport Master Plans, environmental, land procurement, airport safety inspections, maintaining a state airport system plan, and providing airfield safety equipment. 

Statutory Authority

Chapter 305 of the Missouri Revised Statutes establishes state law related to Aircraft and Airports. It also includes specific guidelines concerning MoDOT administration and eligibility for state and federal aviation grants.  Link

Aviation Advisory Committee

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission formed an Aviation Advisory Committee in 1987 to advise MoDOT on aviation matters. The committee is made up of fourteen members representing pilot groups, airport management, aviation education, business owners and aviation consulting firms. The committee meets regularly to discuss and is involved in state aviation legislation, airport funding, safety and aviation education issues.