Transportation - Airports
Mississippi has 78 publicly owned and four privately owned airports which provide excellent facilities for aircraft used by individuals, industry and private operators. Fifty-three of these airports are attended, and seven have scheduled air carrier service. The remaining 20 airports provide services on call.
Businesses and individuals throughout Mississippi have convenient access to three major commercial airports. The Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, part of Foreign Trade Zone 93, is served by five national airlines – American Airlines, Delta, United, US Airways and Vision Airlines. The New Orleans International Airport is served by eight national airlines and is a U.S. Customs port of entry. The Memphis International Airport is served by seven national airlines and is a major United States hub airport. All three major commercial airports are served by all-cargo airlines. Commuter service is able at several other regional airports in the state.
Hancock County owns and operates Stennis International Airport/Airpark (KHSA), a 1,680 acre general aviation airport in Kiln, MS. Bordered to the south by Interstate 10 and to the west by NASA’s Stennis Space Center Noise and Vibration Buffer Zone, KHSA is protected from the worries of encroachment found in other places. There are nearly 1,100 acres ready for development adjacent to KSHA within the NASA Buffer Zone. KHSA has an 8,500 ft. grooved and lighted runway. KHSA is fitted with a Category I Instrument Landing System (ILS). Additionally, KHSA is an all-weather airport with its own FAA controlled Air Traffic Control Tower, Automated Weather Observation System (AWOS-3), UNICOM Communications, and Instrument Landing System (ILS) with Medium Intensity Approach Lighting System with Runway Alignment Indicator (MALSAR).
Trent Lott International Airport
Trent Lott International Airport (KPQL) is a general aviation airport, located in Jackson County, Mississippi, where there are over 280 days out of 365 days that are mostly VFR with winds less than 13 knots on average. The airfield is controlled continuously. The modern flight tower operates under advanced instrument approach procedures to include ILS and GPS approaches, as well as a non-precision VOR-A approach. The surrounding area does not present nature created difficulties. Trent Lott International Airport Runway is 6500’ linear feet with plans underway for lengthening to 8,000 feet. Run up and test flights are allowed. Jet A fuel available on field. Extremely minimal airport closures due to inclement weather. Non-high-density training is allowed.