Gulfport-Biloxi Airport looks to the future

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - South Mississippi business leaders will get a status report Wednesday morning on how the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport is faring in tough economic times.

Results of the 2010 Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport Economic Impact Study will be released at a breakfast meeting with the Coast Chamber. Jeremiah Gerald, Director of Air Service and Business Development, & Timothy Sieber, Vice President & General Manager, Boyd Group International will discuss current airport and airline trends as well as what the airport does to spur economic development in South Mississippi.

Two years ago, eight airlines flew regular schedules into the coast. Today, just five airlines offer that consistent service.

Airport officials are hoping to lure Southwest Airlines to the market as Southwest merges with Air Tran. Southwest officials haven't made any commitments to the current Air Tran routes.

The Gulf Coast Business Council pushed a plan to have business customers made pledges to fly from Gulfport-Biloxi to show the importance of keeping a low-cost air carrier.

Airport officials are expected to tout the opening of the new Gulf Coast International Cargo facility, which received its first shipments last month.

Meggan Gray will bring us details on the state of the airport later today on WLOX News and

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