St. Louis Downtown Airport Gears up for National Business Aviation Association Convention

St. Louis Downtown Airport Gears up for National Business Aviation Association Convention
August 31, 2021 Jerry Vallely
2021 NBAA-BACE returns to Las Vegas after 2020 show was cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

St. Louis Downtown Airport announced its participation in the 2021 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), the year’s most significant event for the business aviation industry. After a COVID-19 induced hiatus in 2020, the NBAA-BACE is returning to Las Vegas Oct. 12 – 14, bringing together business leaders, owners, operators, government officials, manufacturers, corporate aviation department personnel and many others involved in business aviation. This marks the second year that St. Louis Downtown Airport (KCPS) has secured a booth at the popular convention. The airport which is considered the St. Louis region’s front door for business aviation, is located just a few minutes from downtown St. Louis and the Gateway Arch.

Airport Director Erick Dahl considers it one of the aviation industry’s best opportunities to connect with other industry professionals, prospective tenants for the airport and prospective customers who may not yet be familiar with the advantages of flying through KCPS to visit St. Louis, which was recently named one of the World’s Greatest Places of 2021 by TIME Magazine.

Centrally located in America’s heartland, pilot-friendly St. Louis Downtown Airport provides unparalleled proximity to St. Louis in the bi-state Missouri-Illinois region, a short distance from world-class attractions, events and concerts, the convention center and business opportunities. Among the sites located a few minutes from the airport are Forest Park — one of the largest urban parks in the nation, the Gateway Ach National Memorial, Union Station, City Museum and St. Louis Science Center, World Wide Technology Raceway and so much more.

“Business and leisure travelers flying to KCPS gain quick and cost-effective access to all of these destinations, along with diverse cultural experiences, exceptional restaurants and a winning sports environment featuring St. Louis Cardinals baseball and St. Louis Blues Hockey, with a major league soccer team debuting soon,” said Dahl. “With our inclusive atmosphere that welcomes travelers no matter where their trip originates, and our commitment to discretion, St. Louis Downtown Airport is a great option for travelers who like privacy and convenience.”

The airport serves major corporations in a variety of industries, ranging from transportation and energy to food and beverage. KCPS is also home to the nation’s oldest flight school — St. Louis University’s Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology — and serves as a major transfer point for patients and transplant organs in transit to and from the region’s many medical centers.  Over the course of its 80 plus year history, the airport has developed numerous partnerships with all types of businesses that now operate at the airport, ranging from general aviation, personal use and training schools to maintenance, manufacturing, helicopter operations and more. With all this activity, St. Louis Downtown Airport ranks as the second busiest general aviation airport in the bi-state region behind St. Louis Lambert International Airport, and it is the busiest general aviation airport in Illinois outside of Chicago.

The 2021 NBAA-BACE will be held at the brand new, state-of-the-art west building at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). Attendees who are interested in learning more will find St. Louis Downtown Airport’s representatives at Booth # 3328.

The LVCC has outlined detailed COVID-19 safety protocols that will be in place during NBAA-BACE. NBAA and the LVCC are closely monitoring the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and will update policies and procedures to be compliant with the highest standards for this event. To learn more about the 2021 NBAA-BACE, visit