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MDOT study: State's airports generate $2.5B-plus in economic activity

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — According to a recent study by the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), the state’s 73 airports generate more than $2.5 billion annually in economic activity, provide vital connectivity links enabling businesses to function more efficiently and improve the quality of life for residents in airport communities. “This study indicates how substantial the aviation industry is to Mississippi,” ...

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Tupelo City Council approves $500K for airport taxiway

TUPELO — The Tupelo City Council has voted to provide money toward a matching state grant awarded to build a long-discussed taxiway at Tupelo Regional Airport. The project last fall was estimated to cost $1.2 million and would have repaired the old runway and taxiway. This new project will build a parallel taxiway to the crumbling runway. The city council ...

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Jackson Municipal Airport Authority – Best Places to Work 2014

MEDIUM CATEGORY With over a million passengers making their way through the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport each year, “Mississippi’s Gateway to the World” is a fitting slogan for the state’s largest commercial service airport. Owned and operated by the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority since 1963, the organization places an emphasis on safety and a priority on customer service – ...

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Aviation marketers give their prescription for Jackson airport

A pair of New York commercial aviation marketing specialists shared their thoughts on how executives at Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport can strengthen the airport’s role as Central Mississippi’s main aviation draw. Rocco Cipriano, president of Westchester-N.Y.-based Aviation Marketing, said a good first step is to break down the kinds of travel for which fliers use the Jackson airport. Next, ...

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Jackson airport’s regional draw, role in feeder system seen as strengths after Southwest loss

Southwest Airlines’ final take off from Jackson- Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport in Jackson Saturday left local passengers without the option of a low-cost, no-frills carrier they have relied on for 17 years. For the airport, the departure left marketing and revenue challenges to overcome. To start, executives at Mississippi’s largest airport must confront the distinction of having a destination-limited ...

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FTC approves Franchise Services' sale of airport locations

RIDGELAND — Franchise Services of North America Inc. (FSNA) has released an update on the previously announced proposed sale of 22 airport concession agreements used by the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Simply Wheelz, LLC, which formerly did business as Advantage Rent A Car. The Federal Trade Commission has approved the sale of 12 of the locations to Avis Budget Car Rental, ...

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Airport lands grants to refurbish 'touchdown zones'

While the news hasn’t been all good recently for Mississippi’s airports, one has landed two separate grants to rework its runways. The Gulfport-Biloxi Airport Authority has received two grants worth $5.5 million from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program for the reconstruction of the runway touchdown zones at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport. The reconstruction of the concrete touchdown zones ...

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FAA awards funding to airports for enhancements

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Federal Aviation Administration is giving 14 Mississippi airports a total of more than $4.8 million to improve safety and operations. Airports at Bay St. Louis, Belzoni, Belmont, Clarksdale, Columbia, Columbus, Corinth, the Golden Triangle, Grenada, Houston, Lexington, Madison, Okolona and Starkville are getting the Airport Improvement Program grants. The largest is $1 million to Golden Triangle ...

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Silver Airways discontinuing service at four state airports

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Regional carrier Silver Airways is pulling out of four airports in Mississippi — Greenville, Hattiesburg, Meridian and Tupelo — and Muscle Shoals, Ala. Silver began providing connections service to those areas in October 2012, stepping into the void when Delta Air Lines announced in 2011 that it intended to drop 24 routes in smaller markets across the ...

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