Improvements and Growth at Jackson Airports

The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority welcomes a $10 million AIP grant and shares news of passenger growth, renovations and new concessions.

By LSherie Dean, Public Information Officer
Jackson Municipal Airport Authority

Eudora Welty and Walter Payton are two of the Mississippians highlighted at JAN’s newly renovated restrooms.

Jackson Municipal Airport Authority Awarded $10 Million FAA Airport Improvement Program Grant
The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority (JMAA) has been awarded a $10 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP).

The grant provides $5 million in funding for Hawkins Field Airport (HKS) to be utilized for the rehabilitation of a runway; and $5 million for Mississippi’s largest municipal airport, Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport (JAN), to be utilized for the rehabilitation of the terminal building, the airport access road (International Drive) and Perimeter Service Road.

The funds tie directly into the JMAA Strategic Plan 2021 to provide facilities for customers that are safe, secure, efficient, fully functional and convenient, which in turn drives the organization to “Be the Airports of Choice.”

While there are ongoing improvements at Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport, JMAA recently reopened the men’s and women’s restrooms on the East Concourse.

As for air service, JMAA consistently meets with airlines to pursue additional air service at JAN.

“The Board of Commissioners would like to thank the Mississippi State Congressional leaders in Washington, DC, for their continued support of our airport system, which includes Hawkins Field General Aviation Airport in Hinds County and Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport in Rankin County.

“The Board is committed to our airport system being a catalyst for growth and development as an economic engine for the Jackson metropolitan area,” said LaWanda D. Harris, JMAA Board of Commissioners Chairwoman.

Significant Passenger Growth at JAN
Jackson Municipal Airport Authority is experiencing a significant passenger growth at Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport, indicating passenger enplanements have increased, up 12.8 percent compared to June 2018.

From July 2018 through June 2019, 1,009,518 passengers traveled through JAN, increasing overall passenger traffic up to 10 percent from 2018. The last time JAN experienced this level of overall passenger traffic was between June 2014 and July 2015.

“The growth being experienced at JAN is a direct result of JMAA getting the message out to the Central Mississippi customers about JAN’s air service offerings,” said JMAA Director of Business Development Yul McNair. “We truly value our relationship with our airline partners.”

As JAN continues to soar with growth, JMAA encourages those traveling to arrive at the airport at least two hours prior to their scheduled flights. Passengers may also obtain additional information on their flight status at www.iFlyJackson.com.

For information regarding travel rules and regulations, passengers are encouraged to visit www.TSA.gov.

Renovated Restrooms 
The newly renovated men’s and women’s restrooms highlight Mississippi icons at Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport’s East and West Concourses, including Elvis Presley, Oprah Winfrey, Eudora Welty and Walter Payton.

New Concessions 
JMAA announced the soft opening of The Farish Street Market (West Concourse) on Saturday, August 3. The full-service concession features local and national branded food and beverage items, snacks and retail gift options. Cup O’ Joe (East Concourse) opened on Monday, August 5. The full-service coffee venue serves specialty hot and cold cappuccinos, lattes, teas and signature drinks. It also offers snacks, candies, locally themed products and grab-and-go prepared foods.

About JMAA
The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority operates two airports: Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport and Hawkins Field Airport. JAN is a small-hub airport situated in Central Mississippi with over 3,000 acres of property. JAN is home of the Mississippi Air National Guard 172d Airlift Wing. HKS is a general aviation airport and the home of the Mississippi Army National Guard 185th Aviation Brigade. The Authority serves a Metropolitan Statistical Area population that covers portions of Copiah, Hinds, Madison, Rankin and Simpson counties. The Authority provides service to more than 1,000,000 passengers per year.