China Hub at Lambert Airport appears doomed

Monday, February 27, 2012 | 7:52 a.m. CST; updated 9:41 a.m. CST, Monday, February 27, 2012

ST. LOUIS — One of the key players in the effort to bring a China Hub to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport now says St. Louis has probably missed the opportunity.

Midwest China Hub Commission Chairman Mike Jones told KMOX Radio that Chinese flights stopped coming to Lambert after just a couple of flights because it wasn't profitable for them, and because Missouri lawmakers failed to pass a tax break package for new warehouses.

The hub for overseas flights from China and perhaps elsewhere could end up across the river. Officials from St. Clair County, Ill., are debating whether to issue $500 million in bonds to help attract international cargo flights to MidAmerica Airport in Mascoutah, Ill.

All told, about $4 million — much of it tax dollars — was spent on the Missouri effort.

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