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Airports get FAA funding for hangars

BOONEVILLE and NEW ALBANY — Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) announced the award of two federal grants to support hangar construction projects at the general aviation airports in Booneville and New Albany. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved a $150,204 grant to support hangar construction at the Booneville-Baldwyn Airport in Prentiss County. A similar $124,500 award will support ...

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Q&A: Dirk B. Vanderleest, CEO, Jackson Municipal Airport Authority

Jackson’s Sky chief Fascination with airports turns into a career Dirk Vanderleest always knew he wanted to be involved in the airport industry. He is certainly involved, serving as CEO of the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority and overseeing both the Jackson-Evers International Airport and Hawkins Field Airport in Jackson. The MBJ recently caught up with the busy executive and asked ...

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Airports receive major funding from FAA

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Airport improvement projects at Jackson, Tunica and Gulfport have been approved to receive more than $11.8 million in federal funding. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved three grants to support infrastructure development and operational projects that will improve efficiency and safety at local airport facilities. “Each of the projects supported by this funding is designed to ...

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Airports a barometer of local economy

Golden Triangle a prime example of how good business makes for a busy airport   Mike Hainsey, director of Golden Triangle Regional Airport (GTRA), said “airports are just a mirror of the local economy.  In our case, we have been making plans for these projects so that the airport infrastructure is ready when the businesses are.  That business model has ...

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Jackson Municipal Airport Authority – Medium Category 9th Place

“Where Business Gets Done” is the motto of the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority (JMAA). The organization owns, operates and manages both the Jackson-Evers International Airport and Hawkins Field, and through its five airline business partners, provides direct passenger service to 11 cities daily. A self-described “employee-friendly” business, JMAA’s goal is to become not only one of the “Best Places to ...

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Airport traffic down at New Orleans

KENNER, La. — The number of passengers going through the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport dropped slightly in February — despite such events as Mardi Gras and the Super Bowl. The airport reports 618,201 passengers boarded and left flights in February, down from 620,814 in February 2009. For the first two months of the year, traffic is down 1.5 ...

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Airport signs agreement with Panamanians

GULFPORT — An agreement between airports in Panama and Gulfport should open the door to international cargo flying through south Mississippi. Officials with the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport and Tocumen International Airport in Panama signed an agreement Thursday. Local officials say the agreement will allow international cargo to be flown into Gulfport airport, where it will be stored and transported out ...

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Vandalism impacting airport operations

CORINTH — Officials with the Corinth-Alcorn County Airport say recent vandalism could create hazards for pilots. Airport operations manager Donna Briggs says fences around the airport have been cut and runway lights have been damaged or stolen. She says the damage creates a security breach and a safety hazard. Briggs says the fencing is not used for security purposes but ...

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Airports land federal assistance

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Department of Transportation has released more than $2.3 million in grant funding for airports across the state of Mississippi, according to Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.). The Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants, administered by the Federal Aviation Administration, were provided through the fiscal year 2010 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and ...

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Airport traffic takes off despite economy

HATTIESBURG — While the recession has negatively affected most airports, officials at the Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport report an increase in traffic. Not only is the airport still seeing increases in its annual boardings, it’s also home to more than 60 private aircraft — the most ever, according to officials. “They’re actually the largest bill payers at the airport,” said Tom ...

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