After months of exploring its options in Northeast Missouri, a medical helicopter service has decided to put a base of operations at Hannibal Regional Airport.
After months of exploring its options in Northeast Missouri, a medical helicopter service has decided to put a base of operations at Hannibal Regional Airport. That news was shared with the City Council during its Tuesday night meeting by George Walley, executive director of the Northeast Missouri Economic Development Council and a member of the city's Airport Advisory Board.
"We're excited about the idea," said Walley, who called locating the Survival Flight Inc. base in Hannibal a "quality of life issue" for the community.
In addition to Hannibal Regional Airport, Survival Flight had also been considering Palmyra and New London as potential sites.
"I know they're looking at demographics of other operators and where the void is," Mike Barron, airport manager, told the Courier-Post this spring. "As far as the ability to give them a good facility to operate in and out of, I think we've got possibly the best for them to locate in."
Now that the decision has been made to locate at the airport, Walley told the Council he expects a short time line before the service is available locally.
According to Walley, initially the service will operate out of a temporary facility located near the terminal building. It is hoped that within a year a permanent base can be constructed at the airport south of the tarmac.
Survival Flight also has bases in Missouri at Kennett, in the bootheel, and Festus, in the St. Louis area.
A property usage contract between the city and Survival Flight must still be finalized. That document will be brought before the Council at an upcoming meeting.