JONES COUNTY, Mississippi (WDAM) – Airline boardings are on the rise and a new aviation services company is under construction at the Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport.
For the second month in a row, boardings on United Airlines’ daily flights to and from Houston increased sharply.
In May of this year, 1,292 boardings were reported per GDP.
For the same month in 2020, only 383 boardings were reported.
Airport executive director Tom Heanue said figures for June 2021 are not yet official, but he said more than 1,300 people have boarded United Airlines flights to or from the Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport.
âWe would like to think these numbers will continue,â Heanue said. âWe’re in the summer months and people are traveling, they’re having fun, but I also think the hub in Houston is a good hub. People in our area really respond to it and I hope they respond and use it. “
Meanwhile, Duff Capital Investors is funding the construction of a new fixed-base, or FBO, GDP transaction.
It will be called Pine Belt Aviation and will provide various services to private aviation.
A new hangar under construction is the first stage of the project, which is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
Another FBO, US Aviation FBO Services, is already present at the airport.
âIt’s pretty rare for our size airport to have two FBOs, but I think we have enough diversity in what we fly all the time that both of them work well,â Heanue said.
“I hope this will generate additional revenue, which will help the airport reduce its dependence on taxpayer dollars.”
Heanue also said construction of a new roof at the airport terminal is expected to be completed in a few weeks.
This project is funded by a federal airport improvement grant.
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