May Shines a Spotlight on Aviation in Mississippi
Jackson, Miss.– May is Aviation Month in the state of Mississippi. The year 2023 marks the 13th occasion for this recognition of the impact of our state’s airports and aviation industry.
In 2011, the State Legislature established May as Mississippi’s annual Aviation Month through passage of HC 124. The designation highlights airports’ value to the state’s intermodal transportation system and its economy.
“Several billions of dollars are generated by Mississippi’s airports every year in direct and indirect economic benefits,” says Mississippi Airports Association President Tom Heanue, Executive Director of Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport. “Our airports are vital contributors when it comes to recruiting industry, creating jobs and enhancing the state’s position in the global marketplace.”
Mississippi is home to 80 airports – 74 public and 6 private. Seven offer commercial service. In the most recent economic impact study for the Mississippi Department of Transportation, an economic impact of more than $2.5 billion was revealed, and 20,025 jobs were traced to the state’s aviation sector.
In addition to channeling business travel, tourism and commercial cargo, airports also benefit major state industrial sectors such as agriculture, aerospace manufacturing and oil and gas. They also enhance quality of life through support of emergency services like law enforcement and air ambulance and by supporting military operations and aviation-related education.