Million Air Gulfport Nearing Completion

 - May 26, 2011, 8:28 AM

Million Air expects its newest, and 29th, FBO to be open at the Gulfport-Biloxi (Miss.) International Airport by the end of next month, company officials said earlier this week during a media tour of the brand-new facility. The $12 million, 52,000-sq-ft building, which is currently “about 90 percent” complete, sits on a nine-acre site with more than 200,000 sq ft of ramp space. The complex features a 12,500-sq-ft passenger terminal, 20,000 sq ft of hangar space and a 3,600-sq-ft customs facility. Notably, the customs facility, which is attached to the far end of the hangar, was designed by U.S. Customs–a first, according to Million Air. In addition, the facility’s 80,000-gallon fuel farm has the latest in environmental protection systems, including a fuel-sump recycling system that filters out water and sediment from sumped fuel and then returns it to the storage tanks. Million Air Gulfport is also located in a foreign trade zone, which affords inbound and outbound aircraft with fuel tax breaks. Inbound international flights will be exempt from the 5.7-cent-per-gallon state fuel tax, while those flying outbound internationally will receive the double benefit of paying no state or federal fuel taxes, for a combined savings of 30.4 cents per gallon.