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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 Monday’s departure of Southwest Airlines ...

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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 and Detroit, though in 1973 ...

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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), and its serviced destinations at ...

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Airlines take flights — Decisions on adding and subtracting routes ‘the secret recipe of our industry’

In its 50 years of operation, Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport, has seen flights and airlines come and go. Delta dropped its service to Memphis earlier this year and most recently Southwest Airlines said it is going to discontinue its Jackson-Baltimore service. “We anticipate a dropoff in passenger load as well,” said Rene Woodward, chief administrative officer of the Jackson ...

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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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Funding troubles ground Jackson Airshow just short of 50th anniversary

A string of 49 years of wowing aviation fans with aerials acrobatics and the flying skills of some of the best aircraft pilots anywhere has ended with cancellation of Jackson’s May Airshow. The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority said funding problems, chiefly the federal fiscal sequester that began March 1, has forced cancellation of what would have been the Airshow’s 50th ...

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Jackson airport adds non-stop flight to Chicago's O'Hare

JACKSON — The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority (“JMAA”) and United Airlines announce new daily, nonstop service to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (“ORD”) beginning November 4, 2012. United offers the United Express service using 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 aircraft. “JMAA and United Airlines have been working together to link Jackson to the nation and the world,” said Dirk B. Vanderleest, JMAA’s chief ...

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Stop-and-go funding makes planning tough for Mississippi airport chiefs

The refusal of Congress to go beyond short-hop funding for the Federal Aviation Administration has made uncertainty just another work challenge that the heads of Mississippi’s two major commercial airports must overcome. As one funding lapse ends another one appears on the horizon for Dirk Vanderleest at Jackson-Evers International Airport and Bruce Frallic at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport. The Aug. 8 ...

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FAA money restored but Jackson-Evers projects may be in jeopardy

Late Friday afternoon action by the U.S. Senate and President Obama got the Federal Aviation Administration back in business but the big dollars lost in airline fees could hurt long-range projects planned by Jackson-Evers International Airport and other airports throughout Mississippi. At Jackson-Evers 10 FAA workers will return to work Monday after a two-week furlough caused by the refusal of ...

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