Air Cargo facility could see change in operations

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The Air Cargo facility at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport hasn't been operating at full capacity since it was built shortly after Hurricane Katrina, but that may be changing. The airport authority held a special meeting on Tuesday to discuss options.

Airport Director Clay Williams said the $15 million facility is full of potential.

"We're close to Interstate 10 and we're close to the Port of Gulfport and it's located in good proximity to both, which is advantageous," said Williams.

This facility has something that can't be found anywhere else in the country that could get Gulfport on the map as a leader in food safety.

"A number of airports do have fumigation, but none have irradiation located at an airport. So that's a unique tool that we have when trying to recruit additional prospects into the building," said Williams.

Right now, the Air Cargo facility is being partially run by the company, Gateway America. The airport authority recently put out a nationwide search for a company to take full control over the facility.

"As a result, we made a tentative award subject to lease negotiations with one of the firms," said Williams.

The hopes are that this firm will take advantage of the 46,000 square feet of storage space, and that it will do what it takes to expand the facilities clientele and become a leader in the shipping industry.

Williams said he couldn't release the name of the firm that the airport authority chose because of ongoing negotiations. If the lease agreements go through, the company will be taking over the facility by mid-June.

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