Jackson leaders say FAA rule could prevent airport takeover - WLBT.com - Jackson, MS

Jackson leaders say FAA rule could prevent airport takeover

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -

The Jackson Municipal Airport Authorities say a lawsuit will be filed against the state, calling their proposed takeover of the Jackson airport, illegal and hostile .

The airport board says the Federal Aviation Administration clarified its policy June 6, effectively blocking state takeover .

JMAA Chairman Rosie Pridgon, said that the Federal Aviation Administration expects disputes to be resolved legally, adding that nothing will change July 1, when state law takes effect. 

This clarification of policy strikes a blow to the takeover of Jackson's airport by the state.

"It provides when the transfer of the airport operation is disputed, the FAA will not act upon an application to transfer the certificate, until the dispute is definitely resolved to the satisfaction of the FAA," said Pridgen.

According to Pridgen, the airport will stay under JMAA control and belong to the rightful owner, in this case, the City of Jackson.

"Until the Federal Aviation Administration, god forbid, grant approval, the JMAA board will continue," said Pridgen. "The current JMAA board; the board that is appointed by the City of Jackson."

The airport authority intends to take the matter to court before July 1st.  

There is no time frame for the FAA to make a final decision after that.

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