Posts Tagged ‘transportation’

SPECIAL REPORT: Hotels, industrial park, offices part of mix at Gulfport/Biloxi airport

In his slightly more than two years on the job, Clay Williams has picked up where retired predecessor Bruce Frallic left off in seeking to make the most of Gulfport/Biloxi International Airport’s assets. So far, property controlled by the Gulfport/Biloxi Airport Authority has added a pair of hotels, a Fixed Based Operator which invested $12 […] [...]

SPECIAL REPORT: A savvy pro is sought for Jackson airport’s CEO

The aviation executive search firm hired to find the next CEO of the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority is likely to focus on an airport pro skilled in economic development. “You need someone who can make that happen,” said  Doug Kuelpman, founder and president of ADK Executive Search, a Jacksonville, Fla., company the Airport Authority selected […] [...]

SPECIAL REPORT: Land may hold key to Jackson airport’s success

Developing and attracting businesses to several hundred acres on Jackson Municipal Airport Authority land east of Medgar Wiley Evers International may be the Authority’s best hope for offsetting the $800,000 lost annually to the departure of Southwest Airlines. The revenue loss has already cost the Airport Authority a Fitch Ratings Service downgrade of a $39.4 […] [...]

Contractor nears completion on project to replace four bridges

JASPER COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is nearing completion on a bridge replacement project involving four bridges on Highway 513 over Souinlovey Creek near Fellowship Road in Jasper County. The $5.4-million project was awarded to Joe McGee Construction Company Inc. of Lake. Along with work to replace the structurally deficient bridges, the […] [...]

(UPDATED) Making Jackson-Evers affordable to Allegiant is key to regaining Orlando service

Prospects for Jackson Medgar Wiley Evers International landing ultra-low-cost carrier Allegiant Air  for service to Orlando hinge on well the airport can help the carrier shave its operating costs at the airport.A U.S. Department of Transportation grant subsidy the airport expects to receive would ease the cost burden early on. But  the Las Vegas-based Allegiant […] [...]

MDOT study: State’s airports generate $2.5B-plus in economic activity

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — According to a recent study by the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), the state’s 73 airports generate more than $2.5 billion annually in economic activity, provide vital connectivity links enabling businesses to function more efficiently and improve the quality of life for residents in airport communities. “This study indicates how substantial the […] [...]

Deal for Jackson-Orlando flights in works with Allegiant

Low-cost carrier Allegiant Air would give Jackson two direct flights a week to and from Orlando under an agreement approved Monday by the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority and contingent on a U.S. Department of Transportation grant subsidy. Flights offered by the Nevada-based commercial and charter airline would land at Orlando/Sanford International, a small airport in […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Board selects SeaPort Airlines to replace Silver Airways

TUPELO — The Tupelo Airport Authority Board has chosen Portland, Oregon-based SeaPort Airlines for local passenger service. If approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation, SeaPort will replace Silver Airways, which in April announced it was leaving Greenville, Hattiesburg, Meridian, Tupelo and Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Greenville and Muscle Shoals, Alabama, also are recommending SeaPort. Tom […] [...]

Investigation underway into train derailment that left one injured

LUMBERTON — A locomotive and nine cars of a northbound Norfolk Southern freight train derailed yesterday near Lumberton. The cause of the accident, which happened between 3:30 a.m. and 4 a.m., is under investigation. Lamar County Emergency Director James Smith says eight of the nine cars that left the track were empty, while the other […] [...]

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