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Airport in the black but high costs to carriers worry bond raters

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By TED CARTER Increases in carrier landing fees and parking charges have helped Jackson’s Municipal Airport Authority regain its financial footing after the June 2014 departure of Southwest Airlines. The airline accounted for 27 percent of Jackson-Evers’ passenger count. For the last two fiscal years, the Airport Authority has reported $3.8 million in revenues over expenses. That positive revenue picture comes ...

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Jackson-Orlando air service depends on how low Allegiant can keep its costs

Prospects for Jackson Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport landing ultra-low-cost carrier Allegiant Air  for service to Orlando hinge on how 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. But  the Las Vegas-based Allegiant wants to ensure ...

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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 million in its facilities, an ...

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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 Monday to find a CEO ...

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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 million bond issue, forcing a ...

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(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 wants to ensure it can ...

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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 the Central Florida city of ...

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ALAN TURNER: Farewell to the orange and blue of Southwest Airlines

As we reported previously, Southwest Airlines has left Jackson for greener pastures. Most of us in Jackson are probably sorry to see those orange and blue planes fly away and not return, because it’s bound to limit our travel options, potentially increase costs, and generally take away some measure of convenience.  A great airport is essential to the growth and ...

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Jackson airport’s regional draw, role in feeder system seen as strengths after Southwest loss

Southwest Airlines’ final take off from Jackson- Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport in Jackson Saturday left local passengers without the option of a low-cost, no-frills carrier they have relied on for 17 years. For the airport, the departure left marketing and revenue challenges to overcome. To start, executives at Mississippi’s largest airport must confront the distinction of having a destination-limited ...

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