Posts Tagged ‘airport’

Dirk Vanderleest ready to deplane after quarter century at the control

Dirk Vanderleest and Jackson Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport have shared nearly half their lifetimes together. The airport situated in Rankin County had just turned 25 when Vanderleest arrived from Huntsville, Ala., where he managed that city’s airport under an executive director. Vanderleest’s arrival in Jackson at 29 gave him the distinction of being one […] [...]

Tupelo City Council approves $500K for airport taxiway

TUPELO — The Tupelo City Council has voted to provide money toward a matching state grant awarded to build a long-discussed taxiway at Tupelo Regional Airport. The project last fall was estimated to cost $1.2 million and would have repaired the old runway and taxiway. This new project will build a parallel taxiway to the […] [...]

Bland pushing for ExpressJet as new airline for Meridian

MERIDIAN — Meridian Mayor Percy Bland wants Georgia-based ExpressJet to be the new air carrier for Meridian Regional Airport. The recommendation now goes to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Bland was assisted in his selection by a panel of seven community members who studied the proposals. ExpressJet was one of two airlines to submit bids […] [...]

Air service to Orlando could be on the horizon

Direct service from Jackson-Medgar Evers International Airport to Orlando could resume after Southwest Airlines’ departure  if airport officials receive a U.S. Department of Transportation grant they say they are confident of getting. The grant is the same one by which the airport gained service to New York City. The direct service to Orlando ceases with […] [...]

Vaya con Dios Southwest — last flight departed Jackson Saturday night

Southwest Airlines’ 7:05 p.m. Saturday flight to Houston’s Hobby International Airport brought to a close Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International’s 17-year relationship with the Dallas-based carrier.   The elimination also marks the airline’s first severing of service to a second-tier market serving a population of over 500,000 people. The only other two service closings occurred in Denver […] [...]

FTC approves Franchise Services’ sale of airport locations

RIDGELAND — Franchise Services of North America Inc. (FSNA) has released an update on the previously announced proposed sale of 22 airport concession agreements used by the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Simply Wheelz, LLC, which formerly did business as Advantage Rent A Car. The Federal Trade Commission has approved the sale of 12 of the locations […] [...]

FAA awards funding to airports for enhancements

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Federal Aviation Administration is giving 14 Mississippi airports a total of more than $4.8 million to improve safety and operations. Airports at Bay St. Louis, Belzoni, Belmont, Clarksdale, Columbia, Columbus, Corinth, the Golden Triangle, Grenada, Houston, Lexington, Madison, Okolona and Starkville are getting the Airport Improvement Program grants. The largest is […] [...]

Silver Airways ordered to continue service

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Department of Transportation has ordered Silver Airways to remain in Meridian, Hattiesburg and Tupelo until a replacement airline is found. Transportation officials made a similar announcement last week for Greenville. It announced the order for the other three airports yesterday. Silver Airways began service to those airports in October 2012, […] [...]

Silver Airways discontinuing service at four state airports

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Regional carrier Silver Airways is pulling out of four airports in Mississippi — Greenville, Hattiesburg, Meridian and Tupelo — and Muscle Shoals, Ala. Silver began providing connections service to those areas in October 2012, stepping into the void when Delta Air Lines announced in 2011 that it intended to drop 24 routes […] [...]

JMAA’s airport revenue bonds downgraded due to loss of Southwest

JACKSON — Fitch Ratings has downgraded the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority’s airport revenue bonds of approximately $39.4 million to “BBB+” from “A-.” The rating outlook remains “stable. “ The downgrade reflects concerns related to the pending loss of the airport’s second largest carrier, Southwest Airlines Co. (Southwest, Fitch rated IDR “BBB” with a stable outlook), […] [...]

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