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FAA awards $9.7M in grants to state airports

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Airport improvement projects in Mississippi will receive more than $9.7 million in Federal Aviation Administration funding. The announcement was made by Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss. Cochran said the announcements came after final congressional approval to legislation that reauthorized federal aviation programs such as the AIP, the Small Community Air Service Development Program and the Essential Air Service ...

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Airport improvements to be funded almost entirely from grants

HATTIESBURG — Hattiesburg officials say they hope to pick up only 5 percent of the cost on more than $1 million worth of recent improvements at Chain Municipal Airport. During the past 18 months, city engineer Bert Kuyrkendall says Hattiesburg has received three Federal Aviation Administration grants, which by the end of the 2012 calendar year will have provided about ...

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Golden Triangle Regional Airport reports increased traffic

COLUMBUS — The parking lot expansion is finally complete at Golden Triangle Regional Airport, and if the latest passenger traffic data is any indication, those 50 extra parking spaces will be quickly put to use. GTRA executive director Mike Hainsey says passenger traffic in January and February increased by 11 percent, surpassing every January and February tally over the past ...

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Contractor dispute halts runway construction at Jackson-Evers

JACKSON — Mississippi’s busiest airport is down to one usable runway with a $13.3 million construction project at a standstill and eight months behind schedule. Completion of runway surfacing at Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport was expected in June 2011, but a dispute with the contractor halted the work. Airport CEO Dirk Vanderleest says the contract with Rifenburg Construction Inc. ...

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Delta airport receives bids from two more airlines

GREENVILLE — Two more airlines have filed bids with the U.S. Department of Transportation to provide service the Greenville Mid-Delta Airport. The Delta Democrat Times reports the bids came from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.-based Sun Air and Dallas-based Blue Sky Airlines. The companies are hoping to get a federal subsidy to provide air service through the USDOT’s Essential Air Service program. ...

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Four airlines bid on Tupelo Regional service

TUPELO — Four airlines have submitted bids to provide commercial air service at Tupelo Regional Airport. The airlines include Air Choice One and SeaPort Airlines, which had earlier bids rejected by the city. The other two airlines are Blue Sky and Sun Air. The companies are hoping to get a federal subsidy to provide air service through the Essential Air ...

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Delegation going to D.C. to fight ozone ranking

DESOTO COUNTY — A delegation from DeSoto County is going to Washington, D.C., to battle a feared ozone ranking. The Commercial Appeal reports the delegation includes local county government and economic development officials. The county is faced with a Feb. 29 deadline to object to the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to list the county as “nonattainment” on ozone levels. The ...

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Airport prepares for military training program

COLUMBUS — Working with the nation’s busiest air base in just one part of the multifaceted role of Golden Triangle Regional Airport. Other facets include economic development, business travel and passenger air service. “They’re a key enabler to our training environment here,” said Rick Johnson, chief public affairs officer for Columbus Air Force Base. That enabling will go a step ...

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Hearing dates set for former airport administrators

TUPELO — Job discrimination lawsuits filed by two former administrators at Tupelo Regional Airport will be heard in federal court in 2013. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports former airport executive director Terry Anderson and former operations director Reid Dawe have sued the airport. Anderson’s case is set for April 8, 2013, in federal court in Oxford. Dawe’s trial is ...

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Airport to pay more for runway expansion

TUPELO — The Tupelo Airport Authority has agreed to a $267,000 increase requested by the company building a runway extension. Century Construction asked for the increase after losing access to its resource for “fill dirt.” Century bid around $5.2 million to extend the runway by 650 feet. Century president Colin Maloney says the company lost access to a nearby dirt ...

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