Meridian Regional Airport ready for facelift

By By Steve Swogetinsky/The Meridian Star
Feb. 11, 2001
The Meridian Regional Airport is about to get a facelift.
Airport manager Tom Williams said the entire front of the building will change once a 60×90 foot permanent canopy is constructed at the cost of $1.5 million. The project also includes covering the sidewalk in front of the building.
The new canopy will extend from the front of the terminal building to the front of the short-term parking. Once complete, there will be two covered dropoff lanes in front of the terminal building and two in the parking lot.
Jellenc Construction Inc. of Meridian received the contract. Williams said work would start as soon as the weather breaks.
Williams said 90 percent of the work will be funded through a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. Five percent of the money will come from aviation fuel tax from the state, and the rest will come from a local passenger use tax.
Figures show that 32,314 people boarded at the Meridian Regional Airport during the year 2000, which was down 1.9 percent when compared to the previous year. However, there was a 6.9 percent increase in January of this year (2,259 boardings) when compared to the same month, a year ago.
The airport is serviced by Northwest Airlink and ASA Delta Connection. Northwest Airlink offers three flights to connections to Memphis, and three flights in from Memphis. ASA has two flights to and from Dallas, and four flights to-and-from Atlanta.
Williams said the Meridian Airport Authority is always looking for new ways to increase its boarding numbers.
Steve Swogetinsky is regional editor of The Meridian Star. E-mail him at sswogetinsky@themeridianstar.com.

Franklin County

PROGRESS 2024: Veteran Spotlight – Tony Chard

News

Car show benefit helps raise needed funds

News

Russellville High School varsity cheerleaders attend UCA cheer camp

Franklin County

NWSCC receives $18,000 in grants from Dollar General Literacy Foundation

News

Russellville equine therapy visits library program

News

Steam locomotive delivery to Red Bay delayed, arrives July 1

News

Local author holds book signing at RPL

Franklin County

Former Russellville resident performs ‘Miracle Worker’

News

Presenting: Miss Phil Campbell

Franklin County

All American Tang Soo Do students recognized

News

Russellville High School students sign to pursue fine arts careers

Franklin County

Football Funday, special needs probowl take place June 15

Galleries

PHOTOS: RMS students take the stage for spring sing

News

Russellville member named among finalists for GFWC Jennie Award

East Franklin

East Franklin Junior High celebrates May 21 graduation

Belgreen

Belgreen Class of 2024 celebrates graduation

Franklin County

Local churches plan Vacation Bible School programs

Galleries

PHOTOS: Tharptown High School Wildcats graduate

Galleries

PHOTOS: Phil Campbell High School students graduate

Franklin County

NEMCC announces more than 400 to spring vice president’s list

Franklin County

UNA releases spring dean’s, president’s lists

News

Roxy holds June 15 concert, plans other events

Franklin County

Free summer meal program available at Franklin County Schools

News

PHOTOS: Red Bay High School graduates celebrate

x