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Jackson Municipal Airport Authority – Medium Category 9th Place

“Where Business Gets Done” is the motto of the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority (JMAA).

The organization owns, operates and manages both the Jackson-Evers International Airport and Hawkins Field, and through its five airline business partners, provides direct passenger service to 11 cities daily.

A self-described “employee-friendly” business, JMAA’s goal is to become not only one of the “Best Places to Work in Mississippi,” but also one of the best for employers to develop employees’ professional skills, improve their knowledge and give back to the communities in and around the Jackson metropolitan area.

Training and professional development opportunities are available to all JMAA employees.  

The JMAA was established to manage and develop the two Jackson airports.  The city’s first airport, Hawkins Field, began providing commercial air service in 1929.  Since that time, the mission of the airport authority has been to connect patrons to the worldwide inter-modal transportation network.

The agency employs 102 and provides support to the community in many ways, including education programs for college and high school internships to working with the Civil Air Patrol, allowing students in the Jackson area to learn about aviation and its important role in today’s society.

In addition to commercial air service, the JMAA also provides facilities for air cargo transportation from “just on time” delivery to large scale support for the local manufacturing community.

Both Jackson-Evers and Hawkins Field are home to bases of the Mississippi Air National Guard and the Army National Guard.  Flight schools, private charters and aircraft hangers can be found at the two airports, as well.

The services provided by the Authority and its management team has been duly noted by a variety of sources.

Chief executive officer Dirk B. Vanderleest was named “2008 Air Carrier Airport Manager of the Year” by the Federal Aviation Administration’s Southern region, and human resources director Rene Woodward was selected by the Mississippi Business Journal as one of Mississippi’s “50 Leading Business Women” in 2009.

The JMAA earned Excellence Awards for Airport Training from the American Association of Airport Executives for 2007 and 2008.  In addition, the agency was named 2009 Minority Advocate of the Year by the Minority Contractors Association of Mississippi, and received both the Platinum Award for Excellence and the Minority Business Champion awards presented by the Minority Business Alliance in 2009.

Founded in 1959, the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority continues to strive to provide the best in customer service to airport patrons.


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