Appellate Court Will Not Reconsider Its Decision
on Proposed St. Louis Airport Expansion

JUNE 13, 2000

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied a request for new hearings on its decision not to review a challenge to the proposed expansion of Lambert Airport. In April a three-judge panel of the court declined to review the Federal Aviation Administration's decision to approve of and grant federal funding for the W-1W runway expansion at Lambert.

The FAA's decision was challenged by the cities of Bridgeton and St. Charles, and St. Charles County.

Following the court's April decision, the three communities asked the three-judge panel for another hearing and asked the full court to hear the case. The court denied those requests Tuesday.

The proposed expansion would add a new 9,200-foot runway at a cost of about $2.6 billion. That cost includes buying property in neighboring Bridgeton, where 2,000 homes are being cleared to make room for the project.

In their first petition to the court the communities argued the FAA did not fully consider other runway expansion options. The court also dismissed the concerns of St. Charles County and city over a possible increase in aircraft noise caused by the expansion.