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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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Tupelo Regional Airport looks to update runway study

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO • A 2016 study of the runway at Tupelo Regional Airport revealed some deficiencies, and to ensure that those deficiencies haven’t gotten worse, airport executive director Cliff Nash has asked the airport board to approve another study to be conducted. The cost of the study – at airport expense – is almost $90,000, and ...

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Flights restart at Hong Kong airport as protesters apologize

Flights resumed at Hong Kong’s airport Wednesday after two days of disruptions marked by outbursts of violence that highlight the hardening positions of pro-democracy protesters and the authorities in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. About three dozen protesters remained camped in the airport’s arrivals area a day after a mass demonstration and frenzied mob violence forced more than 100 flight cancelations. ...

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Perry Miller appointed president and CEO of Richmond International Airport

Jackson Municipal Airport Authority (JMAA) Interim CEO, Perry J. Miller, has been appointed President and CEO of Richmond International Airport, effective August 19. Recently Miller was named Interim CEO by the JMAA Board of Commissioners. For nearly 4 years as the JMAA COO, Miller utilized his 25 plus years of aviation experience to enhance infrastructure and customer experience at Jackson-Medgar ...

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Pomfrey named Airports Association Professional of the Year

Mel Pomfrey (third from left) received the 2019 Mississippi Airports Association Professional of the Year award. With him are (from left) Tupelo Regional Airport Director Cliff Nash, MAA Vice President Carol Snapp of Pascagoula’s Trent Lott International Airport and MAA President Sam Washington of Greenville Mid-Delta Airport. Pomfrey joined Tupelo Regional Airport in 2017 as Director of Operations.

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Mississippi airport seeks new top executive

The airport in Mississippi’s capital city is looking for a new chief executive officer. The Clarion Ledger reports that Perry Miller has been interim CEO the past few months. He is leaving to become CEO of Richmond International Airport in Virginia, starting Aug. 19. In late March, Carl Newman resigned as CEO of Jackson Municipal Airport Authority, which is in ...

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Senators: 18 Mississippi airports receiving federal money

Eighteen airports in Mississippi will receive federal money to make improvements, including rehabilitation of some runways. U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith on Monday announced $4.8 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The single largest grant is just over $1 million to the Magee Municipal Airport for runway improvement. Other grants include $600,000 to Columbia-Marion County ...

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Jackson airport board sets trip to Paris at public expense

Commissioners of a Mississippi airport and five of the airport’s staff members are planning a 12-day trip in June to attend the International Paris Air Show, at public expense. The Clarion Ledger reports the trip could cost about $50,000 for travel, lodging and other expenses. The trip received unanimous approval from the five Jackson Municipal Airport Authority commissioners at a ...

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