Silver Airways to Exit Tupelo
Tupelo Regional Airport has learned that Silver Airlines filed a 90-day notice of its intent to discontinue scheduled service between Atlanta and five communities,including Tupelo.
On April 9th,Silver notified that they wish to discontinue air service out of Muscle Shoals,Alabama (MSL);Greenville,Mississippi (GLH);Laurel/Hattiesburg,Mississippi (PIB);Tupelo,Mississippi (TUP);and Meridian,Mississippi (MEI). Silver states “While we have announced our plans to exit these particular markets,we remain interested in serving any community or airport where we can operate economically,” said Pflieger. “The plans announced today are a necessary and important component of our strategy to continue building a best-in-class next generation regional airline.”
To read the letter Silver sent to DOT and the effected Airports click HERE
Airport officials have talked to Silver Airways and have been assured that Silver is committed to flying until a replacement airline can be found.
The Airport has dedicated a webpage to the progress of air service selection HERE
A BIG! Thank you to Universal Asset Management,Tupelo Police Department,Tupelo Fire Department,Mississippi State Guard, Itawamba Community College,and TSA for a successful drill.
Great day for Tupelo Regional Airport Fire Chief Norris Robbins being sworn in as a Public Safety (police) Officer.
- For Immediate Release -
Airport Emergency Exercise Scheduled
On Saturday,March 1,2014 at approximately 3:30 PM,the Tupelo Regional Airport (TUP) will conduct its triennial full-scale airport exercise. The exercise is required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to occur every three years. The exercise is designed to test the response capabilities and effectiveness of emergency personnel including law enforcement,fire and medical representatives. The exercise will have two stages;one involving the airport terminal,and the other involving an aircraft incident that occurs on one of the Tupelo Regional Airport ramps. Volunteer role-players will serve as “victims”and will be “made-up”to provide “realistic-looking”levels of injury,to fully engage first responders to either scene. The exercise is expected to last between two and three hours. Media will be on site and allowed controlled access to the exercise locations.
Joshua Abramson C.M.
A340 Engine Testing at the Tupelo Airport
Check out our video from “Our People Count”,David Smith FBO Manager
For Immediate Release
House FAA Funding Bill Signals Continued Strong Support for Contract Towers
Alexandria,VA –The U.S. Contract Tower Association (USCTA),an affiliate organization of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE),today commended leaders and members of a key House funding subcommittee for providing $140 million in dedicated funding aimed at ensuring that 251 contract towers across the country remain open and operational beyond September 30 and throughout the upcoming fiscal year. The funding is included as part of the annual appropriations bill for the Department of Transportation (DOT),Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other agencies now working its way through the House of Representatives and covers the fiscal year (2014) that runs from October 1 through September 30,2014.
“The inclusion of $140 million in dedicated funding for the Contract Tower Program as part of the House FAA funding bill is significant and reaffirms the strong support that exists in Congress for keeping contract towers open well into the future,even under difficult budget circumstances,”USCTA Executive Director J. Spencer Dickerson said. “Elected officials from both parties and on both sides of the Capitol continue to view the Contract Tower Program as a high priority too important to be targeted for disproportionate funding cuts,and we appreciate the continued bipartisan,bicameral support that exists for keeping contract towers open and operational beyond September 30 and long into the future.”
Earlier today,the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation,Housing and Urban Development,and Related Agencies met and approved its version of the fiscal year 2014 spending bill for DOT,FAA,and other federal agencies. The draft measure,which is scheduled to be considered by the House Appropriations Committee next Thursday,proposes $140 million in dedicated funding for the Contract Tower Program,including $10.35 million for the Contract Tower Cost-Share Program. The Senate is scheduled to begin consideration of its version of the annual FAA funding bill next week.
USCTA has advocated for additional specificity in the annual DOT/FAA funding bill with regard to the Contract Tower Program to ensure that critical facilities supported by the program are not targeting for closure because of sequestration and other factors.
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ABOUT USCTA:The U.S. Contract Tower Association was created by the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) in 1996 to promote the benefits of the Contract Tower Program and to enhance aviation safety at smaller airports across the country.
ABOUT AAAE:Founded in 1928,AAAE is the world’s largest professional organization representing the men and women who work at public-use commercial and general aviation airports. AAAE’s 5,000-plus members represent some 850 airports and hundreds of companies and organizations that support the airport industry. Headquartered in Alexandria,Va.,AAAE serves its membership through results-oriented representation in Washington,D.C.,and delivers a wide range of industry services and professional development opportunities,including training,conferences,and a highly respected accreditation program.
Joel D. Bacon