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Jackson air fares among most expensive in the nation

» Fitch forecast for Southwest departure to increase costs for airlines and passengers looking accurate Passengers at Jackson Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport may already be feeling a fare pinch from the regional airport’s loss of discount carrier Southwest Airlines. First quarter figures from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics show average […] [...]

MDOT blocks off large sinkhole that formed on U.S. 61

NATCHEZ — State highway workers have blocked off a big sinkhole that developed this week on U.S. 61 near Natchez Regional Medical Center. The Natchez Democrat reports the hole is nearly 15 feet wide and 25 feet deep. The Mississippi Department of Transportation has blocked it off with orange barrels, and workers will start repairing […] [...]

Silver Airways must continue to offer service to airports

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Department of Transportation has directed Silver Airways to continue passenger service in four Mississippi cities and one in Alabama through Sept. 5. Government officials say they need more time to review proposals for new subsidized air service in Tupelo, Greenville, Hattiesburg/Laurel, Meridian and Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The order extended for […] [...]

Stranded river barges could be moving south this weekend

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Federal officials hope a massive effort to remove silt and sand deposits from the bed of the Mississippi River in Minnesota will have cleared a path for hundreds of tied-up barges carrying millions of dollars in cargo to resume their trips downstream over the weekend. Commercial barge traffic has been choked […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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