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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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GTR airport sets all-time passenger record

The Golden Triangle Regional Airport near Columbus set a new record in the month of October for the number of passengers traveling from the airport.  With more than 5,000 passengers boarding flights in October, it exceeded last year’s October total by 25%.  In addition, because of the increased number of travelers the flights were over 90% full. Mike Hainsey, the ...

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Watson named airport director for Stennis International Airport

The Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission announced that Chanse Watson has been named Airport Director for the Stennis International Airport. In his role, Watson is responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating activities, construction, maintenance, and operations of airport and spaceport facilities. Watson has worked in airports and aviation for almost 10 years, most recently having served as Airport Manager ...

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JMAA appoints Pat Minor as new Hawkins Field airport manager

Jackson Municipal Airport Authority (JMAA) has appointed Patrick “Pat” Minor as the new Hawkins Field Airport Manager. Pat is a graduate of Jackson State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. He furthered his education by obtaining a Masters of Public Administration degree from Belhaven University. He has well over 19 years of aviation experience in law ...

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Dinesh Chawla arrested for thefts at Memphis airport

  By JACK WEATHERLY Dinesh Chawla, chief executive officer of Chawla Hotels, was arrested last week at the Memphis International Airport for allegedly stealing luggage. Chawla, who with his brother, Suresh Chawla, operate a chain of hotels and motels in the Delta and are constructing a luxury hotel in Cleveland, an undertaking that until February was a joint venture with ...

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