Passengers flying in and out of the Jackson International Airport (JIA) totaled 1,266,414 during 1998, according to data released last week by the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority (JMAA). The total represents a 17% increase over 1997 and a 32% increase from 1996.
“Nineteen-ninety-eight was another great year for the Jackson International Airport, metro Jackson and the state of Mississippi,” JMAA executive director Dirk Vanderleest said. “Also, 1999 has started off on positive notes with the American Eagle jet upgrade beginning Feb. 19 and the introduction of United Express jet service on March 1.”
Delta Airlines lead the JIA market share with 47%. Delta was followed by Southwest Airlines, 23%; Northwest Airlines, 10%; and American Eagle, 8%. All other airlines had 5% or less of the market.
“JMAA takes pride in being one of the economic leaders in central Mississippi,” said Booker T. Jones, chair of the JMAA board of commissioners. “This, the third consecutive yearly record for passengers at Jackson International Airport, is just another example of the accomplishments of the airlines serving our airport.”