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Airlines finally make a profit

The network, low-cost and regional airline groups all reported improved operating margins in the third quarter of 2009 compared to the third quarter of 2008, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reports today in a release of preliminary data. BTS reports that the airline industry collected at least $2 billion through ancillary fees in the third quarter of 2009, up ...

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Scientists look at dwindling ducks

STARKVILLE — As global warming and climate change debates continue worldwide, researchers at Mississippi State University (MSU) are examining how weather influences duck migration patterns. “In the past few years, we have observed that ducks are not migrating to southern latitudes in abundance, or are doing so generally only in the presence of severe weather,” said Rick Kaminski, a senior ...

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NOAA proposes fisheries amendment

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — NOAA Fisheries Service is seeking public comment on a proposed rule for the Gulf of Mexico reef fish fishery. The proposed rule published in the Federal Register Dec. 10. The public comment period ends Jan. 11, 2010. On July 2, 2009, NOAA Fisheries Service approved Amendment 29, which creates an IFQ program for grouper and tilefish ...

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Air traffic finally takes off

The number of scheduled domestic and international passengers on U.S. airlines in Sept. 2009 increased by 0.8 percent from Sept. 2008, growing by 0.5 million to 54.7 million, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). September was the first month with an increase in passengers from the previous year since March 2008 following 17 consecutive months of decreases. BTS, ...

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Air travelers see more delays

Flights operated by the nation’s largest airlines arrived on time at a lower rate this past October than in either October of last year or in Sept. 2009, according to the “Air Travel Consumer Report” released by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). According to information filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), the 19 carriers reporting on-time performance ...

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Can Jackson…Walk the walk? (Update)

Riverwalk could transform Capital City over next decade, but will Jackson, mayor be on board for the expedition? Waterfront property around the Reservoir in Madison and Rankin counties is among the most valued in the Jackson metro area. If developer David Watkins has his way, downtown Jackson will eventually have waterfront real estate of its own. At a media luncheon ...

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Tupelo airport looks for more flights, new leader

As Tupelo Regional Airport looks to add commercial flights, the airport authority board will be looking for something else — a new airport executive director. Yesterday, the board voted out airport director Terry Anderson, a former schoolteacher and Navy combat pilot who had served as the airport’s leader since 2000. Dr. Dan Kellum, a local dentist, pilot and chairman of ...

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U.S. roads support 107 million-plus vehicles

More than 107 million personal vehicles entered the United States in 2008, 28.7 million from Canada and 78.9 million from Mexico, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). Additionally, 10.8 million trucks, 394,000 buses and 40,000 trains entered the U.S. in 2008. BTS released the data today as part of the fifth-annual update of the North American Transportation Statistics ...

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Airport petitioning for another flight

TUPELO — The number of commercial roundtrip flights to and from Tupelo Regional Airport is up in the air, and the clock is ticking on a decision. The airport currently offers two daily commercial roundtrip flights, but would like three. However, air carrier Mesaba, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines that serves the Northeast Mississippi airport, says if it ...

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Isle reports weaker revenues

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — During the second quarter, Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. saw net revenues of $247.4 million, compared to $249.6 million during the second quarter of last year. For the six-month period, net revenues were $503.7 million, well down from the $527 million posted during the comparable period in 2008. James B. Perry, Isle chairman and CEO, said, ...

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