Hattiesburg-Laurel Welcomes New FBO

Courtesy of Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport

The new building will be approximately 7,800 square feet.

The Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport welcomes a new, additional FBO.

Jim and Thomas Duff made a request to the Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport Authority to construct and operate a new, additional fixed base operation (FBO).

Pine Belt Aviation is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021.

“The Airport Authority is pleased that the Duff family has chosen PIB to build and operate their FBO,” says Tom Heanue, Executive Director of Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport Authority. “It will be a great asset to the airport and the Pine Belt region and will be a first-class facility, welcoming travelers to our area.”

The new Hattiesburg/Laurel FBO, named Pine Belt Aviation, is a one-story, steel structure on a concrete slab and is approximately 7,800 square feet (under roof). The FBO is anchored by an open lobby space, illuminated with natural light and wrapped in a glass curtain wall. Featured amenities include the following:

  • Support spaces for daily operations including conference rooms and staff offices
  • Pilot lounge with new leather recliners for crews recuperating between flights, as well as a dedicated crew restroom
  • Passenger lounge with state-of-the-art technology, including LED TVs
  • Complimentary coffee, beverages, ice, snacks and newspapers
  • Covered loading/drop-off area for passengers

Services and products offered to flight crews include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Complimentary luxury crew cars
  • De-Ice Type 1
  • Wide open, secured ramp spaces, facilities and parking with 24-hour video monitoring
  • Quick-turns
  • Competitive fuel prices
  • Flight planning room
  • GPU, LAV and potable water
  • Credit cards and contract fuel accepted

The FBO is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021.

“Jim and I are happy to have the ability and opportunity to give back to the cities of Hattiesburg and Laurel through the construction of the new FBO at the Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport,” says Thomas Duff, Duff Capital Investors and Pine Belt Aviation. “As our great cities and surrounding communities in the Pine Belt area continue to grow, we believe that it is important to have a visual symbol of our progress and economic development. We are excited about the potential this new venture promises and the partnerships that will be built to benefit generations to come.”