A 2021 multimodal grant enabled construction of a 60’ x 60’ hangar to house three new aircraft at Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport (PIB). A parking pad for FBO fuel trucks was also built with the funds. The projects received accolades from the FAA Part 139 inspector on construction and compliance.
The Multimodal Transportation Improvement Program administered by the Mississippi Department of Transportation facilitates enhancements and updates at airports statewide. Here are some recent projects:
Golden Triangle Regional Airport (GTR) has received two recent multimodal grants to improve parking. In 2020, the airport received a grant for $199,782 to add capacity to its parking lot by adding on to its north end. The grant covered 20% of the total cost, allowing GTR to leverage airport funds with multimodal funds to achieve the needed expansion. In 2022, GTR received $232,305 to fund 60% of a total renovation of the parking lot. That project was recently completed.
Economic and community development was the goal of Hinds Community College in opening a new terminal building at its John Bell Williams Airport in 2021. Aimed at drawing corporate clients, the $1.45 million facility includes a pilot’s lounge, conference room, kitchen, passenger lobby and office space. Multimodal grant funds helped enable the airport to replace a terminal that had been in use since 1952.
In 2020, Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport completed a fuel storage project using a grant from MDOT’s multimodal program. The airport was able to remove underground fuel storage tanks and replace them with an above ground operation, improving the process for fueling airline ground handling equipment, along with other airport authority vehicles and machinery.
A $325,000 MDOT Multimodal Grant helped construct a new hangar and apron on the main ramp at Stennis International Airport in Hancock County. Stennis Airport invested another $1.2 million to build the 10,000-square-foot hangar, which also has an additional 2,500 square feet of office space. The project was completed in September 2021. Known as the Corporate Hangar, the building is ideal for aerospace companies with aircraft storage and office needs. It was recently leased by Tyonek – an aircraft maintenance contractor with the Department of Defense – as part of a key location for its $100 million Air Force contract that kept 50 jobs in Hancock County.