GULFPORT — Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport was recently awarded a $350,000 Small Community Air Service Development grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The funds will be used to provide a revenue guarantee and marketing support targeting seasonal service from Sun Country Airlines.
Sun Country Airlines is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and currently operates the air charter program on behalf of the Beau Rivage at Gulfport-Biloxi Airport. The Airport Authority seeks to expand regularly scheduled service offered by Sun Country out of the airport.
“The grant provides an opportunity to ultimately implement seasonal service to the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” said Clay Williams, executive director.
“The Gulf Coast has enjoyed this type of service in the past, bringing in travelers to the market to experience the region’s many tourism offerings and the airport seeks to re-establish seasonal flights,” said Airport Authority Chairman Frank Genzer.
The Small Community Air Service Program provides an opportunity for communities to develop solutions to air service issues impacting a particular market.
“Working with the airline and other community partners, the airport seeks to develop service to a seasonal market bringing in passengers during off-peak times to the Gulf Coast,” said Williams.
The Department of Transportation received 52 applications from 27 states and 16 applicants were chosen under the $7 million nationwide program. The applications included proposals for feasibility studies, service upgrades and new or expanded service initiatives.