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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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Toyota adding 1.2 million vehicles to fuel pump recall

In January, Toyota recalled nearly 700,000 vehicles in the U.S. for the same problems. Engine stalling can increase the risk of a crash, although the company wouldn’t say if there have been any. Toyota Motor Corp. is adding 1.2 million vehicles to a major recall in the U.S. to fix possible fuel pump failures that can cause engines to stall. ...

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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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Street repairs: Study, then borrow? Or borrow, then study?

Leaders of a city in eastern Mississippi are debating how to pay for street paving and other infrastructure projects. Meridian public works director Hugh Smith is looking for city leaders to approve $12 million in bonds, the Meridian Star reported.. “Right now, we don’t have funds in place to do any paving next year,” Smith said Tuesday. Leaders have discussed conducting a ...

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Mobile dims chances for Amtrak renewal on Gulf Coast

Leaders in Alabama’s port city of Mobile are dimming chances for reviving passenger train service along the northern Gulf Coast. Member of the City Council’s finance committee withheld support for funding service through Alabama’s port city during a meeting Tuesday. Al.com reported the full council could vote on the issue next week. Amtrak hasn’t operated along the coast since Hurricane Katrina in ...

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Mississippi funding fence to keep animals off runways

Mississippi will pay $3 million for a fence to keep wild animals off the runways of a military base. A Navy official said the state’s job-creation agency, Mississippi Development Authority, has offered a grant to pay for the barrier at Naval Air Station Meridian. The new chain-link fence would be built inside an existing fence surrounding the base, and bottom ...

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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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2020 Mississippi Road Builders Association board

The Mississippi Road Builders Association elected the following members to a three-year term: Pepper Beckman, Dunn Roadbuilders (Laurel); Corey Easley, Dunn Utility Products (Byram); Bobby Elmore, Eutaw Construction Company (Madison); Bob Phillips, Phillips Contracting Company (Columbus); Lee Talbot, Talbot Brothers Contracting Company (Nesbit). Hunter Fordice, Fordice Construction Company (Vicksburg) serves as President. Clint Estess, Dickerson & Bowen (Brookhaven) serves as ...

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