Air Cargo Building Will Bring More International Goods To Gulfport

The Mississippi Gulf Coast will soon be a major gateway for Latin American goods. Thursday, the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport held a topping out ceremony for its new $10 million Air Cargo building, which is set to open in February.

The 40,000 square foot facility will include space for chilling perishable goods like vegetables, flowers, and seafood brought in from Central and South America.

Airport officials say 140 jobs will be created by the 12 businesses expected to locate at the facility. One of those businesses is Gulf Coast International Cargo, which is now having to ship products through Miami.

"Get the product quicker and faster so we can get it to the market that much quicker. A lot of time in Miami you can order something on Monday, and hopefully by Thursday or Friday that same week the product has come in. If we order a fish on Monday morning, by Monday night that fish will be landing here in Gulfport by plane," Gulf Coast International Cargo President Mike Alise said.

Airport officials say other projects include building a $22 million ramp and taxi way for the air cargo facility, and $20 million for a general aviation ramp and taxi way.