MASCOUTAH, Ill. (AP) - A struggling southwestern Illinois airport is welcoming back a commercial passenger service.

Officials on Tuesday announced that a Las Vegas-based carrier that halted its service out of MidAmerica St. Louis Airport near Mascoutah in January 2009 will be restoring its flights to Orlando, Fla.

That nonstop service by Allegiant is to begin Nov. 7 and will include twice-weekly flights.

MidAmerica has struggled since opening in 1998, and it lost its last passenger service a decade later.

Since then, the county largely has focused on attracting cargo business to the money-losing airport.

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