Jackson airport announces sound financial footing and terminal improvements

Jackson airport announces sound financial footing and terminal improvements

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority held a State of the Airport Address Wednesday, sharing information about the aviation facility as the fiscal year ends.

Board members and the public learned about the airport’s financial standing, upgrades and future plans.

JMAA officials shared good news about their financial standing and improvements at the central Mississippi airport.

The Board of Commissioners Chairman Rev. James L. Henley Jr. reported that the airport has over $43 million in cash, with $12.7 unrestricted.

“So clearly we’re positioned to continue to do well," said Henley. “We’re healthy financially, and if you look at our fund equity account it’s increased over $2.6 million from last year.”

The board chairman said there are $31 million in projects underway.

Construction underway at Jackson Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport Source: WLBT
Construction underway at Jackson Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport Source: WLBT

JMAA received $8 million from the state legislature for the East Metro Parkway Development.

JMAA owns over 800 acres of land, some along the parkway, which can be used for future development and projects.

“Part of that $8 million is related to a joint partnership that JMAA participates in in Rankin, Flowood, and some of the other areas here to develop that roadway that connects 25 eventually to I-220,” said Henley.

Some believe that property is at the center of a proposed takeover of the airport by the State of Mississippi.

According to airport officials, the judge in the case affirmed a ruling to stay until the discovery issues are resolved.

Attorneys representing the airport are asking for certain documents that the state has not provided.

Meanwhile, there’s progress at the Jackson airport.

Terminal improvements are underway, including new carpeting in the east and west concourses. Bathrooms will also get upgrades.

There is also a private breastfeeding and pumping station for mothers.

$1.3 million in federal funding has been spent to rehab the runway at Hawkins Field.

"Hawkins Field is one of the few general aviation airports that actually has two runways and that's really why it's one of our crown jewels," added Henley.

Officials say despite a downward national trend, there has been passenger growth for the past four to five months, due in part to Via Airlines beginning operations in June to Orlando.

Frontier Airlines will launch flights to Denver and Orlando in October.

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