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Lawsuits threatened as Senate passes bill for state to control Jackson’s airports

By TED CARTER Transfer of control of Jackson Medgar-Wiley Evers International Airport and Hawkins Field to a state-created board won approval from the Mississippi Senate late Thursday afternoon, but not before senators opposed to the transfer warned backers to expect years of litigation. Senators approved the governance transfer on a 29-18 vote, with Jackson’s Senate delegation among the dissenters. Much of ...

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Terminal upgrade on indefinite hold at Jackson International Airport

By TED CARTER Jackson Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport has shelved indefinitely a nearly $40 million renovation of its terminal and security check-in stations. Behind the project’s axing is management’s conclusion that the airport’s best fiscal strategy for the moment is to make money rather than spend it now and hope for a future payoff. Upgrades of the terminal’s food ...

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FAA fiscal ’14 budget would keep threatened Mississippi air control towers open

The Federal Aviation Administration’s budget for fiscal 2014 assumes an end to the federal fiscal sequester and proposes including money to keep open 149 contract air traffic control towers around the country, including five in Mississippi, previously targeted for loss of FAA funding. The tower funding is proposed to continue under the FAA’s fiscal 2014 budget request of $15.6 billion. ...

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Safety assessments mixed over loss of air traffic tower guidance

The early April shutdown of a handful of air traffic control towers at small airports around Mississippi should not diminish flight safety, airport operators say. But directors at a couple of the airports say loss of the towers is worrisome nonetheless. And at the national level, aviation trade organizations are raising concerns over flight safety. The so-called “contract towers” in ...

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Closings of 7 airport towers in state may become permanent

Jackson’s Hawkins Field air traffic control tower and six other control towers in Mississippi are among 173 scheduled to be closed nationwide in early April, as the Federal Aviation Administration shuts off funding for those services to accommodate the fiscal sequester of $86 billion for the remainder of 2013. In addition to Hawkins (HKS), Mississippi airports on the list are ...

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Sequester yet to burden Jackson International but airport in busy period

That worrisome federal budget sequester – the latest fiscal drama brought to us by a White House and Congress that can’t play nice in the same sandbox – has not yet hurt operations at Jackson’s Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport. Passengers are nonetheless advised to show up early for their flights, say airport officials, citing delays that cutbacks in air ...

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