"The more activity is happening, the more the economy is churning," he said. "It's real fun. We're going to build a market here. ... We want to be the USA's portal to the world."
Boyd isn't as hopeful.
"There's nothing to turn around. You've built something that isn't needed."
Today the airport has one passenger airline, Allegiant, which offers flights to Las Vegas and Orlando, Fla. It's mostly quiet during the day. It picks up a bit a couple of hours before a flight.
Either way, the group heading to Las Vegas was impressed.
Verlinda Williams, 70, had never flown before in her life. But just prior to boarding, the experience wasn't so bad.
"It's cheap, it's clean, it's not real crowded," Williams said. "It just seems safe."
MidAmerica By the Numbers
(as of Nov. 21, forecast is for 60,000 this year)
2003 4 Tons
2004 16 Tons
2005 8 Tons
2006 15 Tons
2007 648 Tons
(as of Nov. 21)
St. Louis Airport
A $7 million cargo terminal, built to lure business, is only days away from completion.
Ten days after losing yet another passenger service at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport, Mark Kern predicts that 2006 will be a record revenue year for the troubled, taxpayer-funded operation.
MidAmerica St. Louis Airport will offer daily flights next year for the first time in the airport's history.
MidAmerica Land & Development LLC -- a group of regional developers and transportation executives -- will serve as the lead developer for a number of projects planned at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport.