Gulfport Biloxi International Airport using Restore Fund Acts to prep for site development

Two of the 16 projects to receive a portion of the latest round of Restore Act Funds are set out to improve the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport.

Last week, Governor Tate Reeves announced the allotment of over $5 million to the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport for two separate projects to create more space for potential aerospace and economic development.

$3.19 million will go toward the relocation of a fleet maintenance facility to free up additional acreage on airport property for site development. The new maintenance facility will be built closer to the terminal.

The other initiative that was approved for $4.18 million is the preparation of a 241-acre site, adjacent to the runway in hopes of attracting industrial aerospace investment. GPT Airport Executive Director Clay Williams said, “You can improve the economy by having these sites available for development because once you site an industry, you’ve got a new tax base that’s being created, job creation, and it provides additional spending in the local economy.”

Prior to the pandemic in 2019, the airport was serving approximately 800,000 in-bound and out-bound travelers.

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