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Hattiesburg airport director: Essential Air Service program needs to be revised, not eliminated

By BECKY GILLETTE The proposed elimination of the Essential Air Service (EAS) program under the budget proposed by President Donald Trump is of concern in rural states such as Mississippi, where four of the seven commercial service airports in the state receive EAS subsidies. Getting rid of the program is not a new idea. » Read complete story at HATTIESBURG ...

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Airport training recognized

Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport was recently recognized by the American Association of Airport Executives for excellence in airport training completed in 2016. Airport Operations Supervisors Addison Barbeau and Carson Stroud and Operations Manager Ricky Rushing received awards for completing extensive operations training in areas including aircraft rescue and firefighting, security, customer service, and Federal Aviation Administration-required recurrent training. Airport employees complete ...

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Tupelo airport to hire operations director

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO – The Tupelo Regional Airport is looking to hire a director of operations, a position that has gone unfilled for about three years. On Tuesday, the Tupelo Airport Authority went into executive session to discuss a letter of investigation from the Federal Aviation Administration. While the contents of the letter were not revealed, ...

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FAA grant to help repair Vicksburg airport drainage problems

Officials plan to apply for a Federal Aviation Administration Grant to assess and repair drainage problems at the Vicksburg Municipal Airport. The Vicksburg Post reports the Board of Mayor and Aldermen has approved filing a pre-application for the grant, which will cover 90 percent, or nearly $300, of the project’s $333,000 cost with the city and the Mississippi Department of ...

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Tupelo Airport to get $950,000 for taxiway

Tupelo Regional Airport is set to get an infusion of cash to repair its taxiway. The Daily Journal reports that Mississippi’s two Republican U.S. Senators, Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, announced Friday that the Tupelo Airport Authority will receive $948,223. Most of that money comes from the Federal Aviation Administration for airport safety and infrastructure. The taxiway runs parallel to ...

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State asks judge to dismiss suit over Jackson airport board

Mississippi officials are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to maintain the city of Jackson’s control over the state’s largest airport. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed a law in May to create a nine-member regional board, rather than a five-member city board, for Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport. Critics say creating a new board is a ...

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Jackson joins suit against airport takeover

Jackson is joining a lawsuit filed in April to fight state attempts to restructure control of the city’s airport. The Clarion-Ledger reports the city and the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority have filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit filed by Jeffery Stallworth in federal court, in which he claims House Bill 2162 violates his Fifth Amendment as a resident, ...

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Parkway extension sets stage for airport land leasing

By TED CARTER A ceremonial highway groundbreaking that got rained out last week represented the start of a new era for Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport’s long-held vision to develop hundreds of acres the airport owns between Lakeland Drive and Old Brandon Road. While the rainout may mean the first turning of dirt for the second phase of the East Metro ...

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