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Urban named Top 40 Under 40 by Airport Business Magazine

Jenny Ann Urban’s passion for travel and interest in law has led to a successful career as director of aviation relations and compliance at Clear, a growing firm that provides expedited airport security clearances for travelers. Airport Business Magazine recently named the University of Mississippi alumna to the 2019 Airport Business Top 40 Under 40 list. “It’s a huge honor ...

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Five airlines submit bids for Tupelo Regional Airport

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal Air service has seen a remarkable turnaround in Tupelo the past four years under Nashville-based Contour Airlines, reaching passenger boardings unseen in a decade. “It’s good to see so many interested in service in Tupelo,” said airport Executive Director Cliff Nash. The current contract expires Sept. 30, and four other airlines are proposing to ...

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Mississippi airports receive nearly $35M in grants for economic disruption

Mississippi airports have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic as airlines have cut back flights in the wake of steeply declining demand The state’s Republican U.S. Senators, Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith announced the award of $34,855,031 in grants to 73 Mississippi airfields experiencing “severe economic disruption because of the COVID-19 public health emergency.” The Federal Aviation Administration awards, made ...

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Passenger traffic down 90 percent, Jackson airport announces layoffs

The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority (JMAA) Board and Executive leadership recently conducted an internal business assessment amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Like most airports worldwide, daily flight schedules and passenger traffic at Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport (JAN) have been dramatically impacted. Daily flights to and from JAN are down an estimated 70% versus prior year. Passenger traffic has reduced by ...

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Golden Triangle airport expands

Cutting the ribbon recenty on Golden Triangle Regional Airport’s Terminal Expansion are (from left) Airport Authority Board Member Frank Chiles; Jonathan Byrum of Byrum Construction; Board Member Bobby Harper; Board Chairman Stephen James, Board Members Robin McCormick and Sonny Kelly; and Executive Director Mike Hainsey. (Courtesy of GTR Airport)

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Jackson airport responds to COVID-19 concerns

The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority has sent out a press release in response to concerns about COVID-19. It reads as follows: In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority (JMAA) is actively monitoring developments of any potential threats regarding the virus. JMAA’s top priority is the health and safety of all employees, passengers and stakeholders to ensure ...

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Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport announces new director of finance

Kim Banisch has joined the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport as Director of Finance. Banisch is responsible for directing and managing all airport financial and administrative activities. Banisch holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in accounting from the University of Southern Mississippi. She previously served as a Certified Public Accountant for Alexander, Van Loon, Sloan, Levens & Favre, PLLC in Gulfport, ...

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Tupelo Regional Airport boardings reach 10,000 for third consecutive year

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO • Passenger boardings at Tupelo Regional Airport hit a record with Contour Airlines, with 1,624 in December. For the year, enplanements – the industry term used for passengers who have paid for their ticket – reached 15,753, a 22 percent increase from 2018. That figure doesn’t include charter flights, which would push the total ...

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Mississippi justices consider airport hangar tax dispute

The Mississippi Supreme Court will decide whether a company should be exempt from paying more than $61,000 in local property taxes. Justices heard arguments Wednesday in the case of a company called G4, which is owned by Pearl River County resident Tyron Gill. The company wants to be exempt on paying taxes for an airport hangar that Gill built on ...

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Tupelo airport boardings hit high with Contour

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO • Contour Airlines has been providing air taxi service from Tupelo to Nashville since April 2016, and it has grown steadily. Last month, there were 1,528 passenger boardings in Tupelo, the most since Contour’s arrival, and the most in airport history since June 2009. So far this year, Tupelo has recorded 12,799 boardings, ...

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