By Tommy Booth, Director
It’s hard to believe we are already in March! Hopefully all of the major winter weather is behind us, and we can look forward to springtime now. Now that we are two-thirds through our fiscal year, the fuel tax numbers and parking tax numbers are down about 43% as compared to FY2019. We do have a balance in the aeronautics funds. Unless Congress authorizes the FAA to provide 100% as they did for the FY2020 projects, we plan to provide our matching grants for the FY2021 FAA projects…. Passenger enplanements continue to recover slightly. The January numbers are down about 50% as compared to this time last year. The airport inspections are moving along quite well…. The icy weather and the persistent rain over the past couple of months has tried to hamper us, but David Lowery has done a great job getting inspections scheduled for the nice days. To date, he has completed 45 of the 69 general aviation airports…. I know the question that many of you have is regarding the FY2022 airport multimodal program. The good news is that we intend on having a program. We are awaiting word as to when the application cycle will kick off. Hopefully it will be soon….
As I close this out, I want to inform you that I have submitted my paperwork to begin the retirement process. My last day will be June 30. It has been an honor and pleasure to work with each of you over the years. I want to thank each and every one of you for your support while in this position. I’m not sure what the next chapter will be. Hopefully, I will still be involved with the Mississippi airports in some capacity.