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Abandoned airport.

tmb st. louis airportDubbed 'The Gateway to Nowhere', Mid America St. Louis Airport in Illinois was completed in 1997 at a cost of $313 million – around $474 million in today's money.

Planners envisaged the airport would welcome hundreds of thousands of passengers a year. 

(Source: MSN News February 16, 2019)


The Farnborough International Airshow has announced that it is removing its public weekend, taking the biennial show from seven days to five and eliminating its public airshow. It has been reported that factors influencing the change include negative feedback regarding last year’s airshow, and a decreasing number of airshow spectators. The public weekend will be replaced by opening the trade show to the public for the final day of the event.

The Farnborough International Airshow is held every other year with the next show scheduled for July 20-24, 2020.

In 2018, more than 1,500 exhibitors and 80,000 visitors from 112 countries attended the event.

(Source: AVWebFlash March 7, 2019)


New airline gambles on games.

Found in "AC "Horizons" magazine issue May 1986

A newly formed British airline aims to woo passengers in its 15-hour flights to Asia with slot machines, bingo and blackjack aboard a Boeing 747.

London Express, formed by a group of businessmen headed by Michael Beesley, an aviation industry expert from the London Business School, intends to start operation to Singapore in late '86.

Seats on the airline's leased jumbo jet will be sold exclusively to tour operators running charters to the area. The company plans to install slot machines on the upper deck and have bingo callers chanting the numbers to passengers over the inflight headphones. Blackjack would also be available.

Britain's Civil Aviation Authority has granted permission for the Singapore run and London Express is seeking clearance for flights to Bangkok and Hong Kong.

Initially the 'flying bingo hall' concept will only be available on flights originating in Britain, but if the scheme is successful, London Express will seek to sell tickets in the reverse direction.

Note: We can find no other information on the success of this airline - eds.

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