Recent Winter Storm Cost Airports a Bundle

Contributor: Alyssa Meisner
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Updated: 2/10/2014 8:35 pm
Sixty-nine flights were canceled the week of the ice storm that hit south Mississippi. The airline industry saw a one billion dollar loss and the ripple effect caused cuts in other smaller airports. Here at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, they had to cut staff and their tenants also saw a loss of revenue. Clay Williams, the Executive Director of the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, says, “We had a skeleton crew here during that time since the airport was effectively closed for those two days since no flights were going in and out. And the same thing holds true for our tenants. The airlines, our rental car companies, the concessions that are here at the airport, they had to cut back on staff just for those couple of days.” The airport was up and running just after the storm, but airlines saw delays with flights that had to be rebooked.
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