Airport Administration

The St. Louis Downtown Airport is an enterprise of Bi-State Development (BSD)a dynamic and multi-faceted resource for economic development in the St. Louis region. With expertise in planning and implementation, Bi-State Development provides real solutions to regional challenges with efficiency and accountability. With more than six decades of experience building jobs and initiating economic development, BSD continues to transform the St. Louis region for the better.

Airport Administration

Erick Dahl, Airport Director

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Erick Dahl is the Director of the St. Louis Downtown Airport and brings more than 15 years of airport operations experience to the region. Prior to joining our airport staff, he was the Airport Manager for the Watertown Regional Airport in South Dakota, where he was tasked with day-to-day operations, as well as long-range planning.

Erick also served as an Operations Specialist at St. Joseph County Airport Authority in South Bend, Indiana.

Fire Department

The St. Louis Downtown Airport Fire Department provides fire suppression, first response emergency medical care, emergency management coordination, airfield operations services, and a very active public life safety education program. The department lives by the motto “Your Safety is OUR Mission.” Our department provides FAA ARFF Index “B” capability with its 2009 Rosenbauer Panther 6X6 ARFF Vehicle that contains 3,000 gallons of water, 400 gallons of foam, 500 pounds of dry chemical, and 460 pounds of Halotron I. The vehicle is 39 feet long and weighs 80,000 pounds.

Our firefighters train year round in required FAA subject areas and many of our personnel attend advanced training courses around the state and the nation. All full-time fire department personnel are certified as Emergency Medical Technicians, Airport Firefighters, Illinois Advanced Technician Firefighters, and Hazardous Materials Technicians. All officers are certified to a minimum of Illinois Fire Officer II.


Maintenance Department

The maintenance department of the St. Louis Downtown Airport provides oversight on construction projects, engineering consultation on prospective capital improvement projects, and preventive and unscheduled maintenance on a variety of equipment and structures. The maintenance department also conducts snow removal operations across the entire airport when needed.

The KCPS maintenance team has the equipment and manpower to maintain full airport operations during most inclement weather scenarios and the training to ensure continued compliance with 14 CFR Part 139.