Million Air officially opened its new $12 million general aviation complex at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport this week. The FBO complex includes a 12,500-sq-ft hangar, 20,000-sq-ft hangar and adjacent 3,000-sq-ft U.S. Customs facility, as well as 200,000 sq ft of ramp space.
Aug. 29, 2005, is a date few residents of the Gulf Coast will ever forget, as Hurricane Katrina, the costliest disaster in the history of the U.S., rolled ashore. The storm devastated a swath of coastline across several states, and among the hardest-hit communities were the cities of Gulfport and Biloxi, Miss. Visitors in many coastal areas there today can still see blank concrete slabs where buildings once stood.
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.
Million Air (Booth No. 4671) has a “sustained strategy” for not merely making it through this recession, but coming out the other end stronger and in a position to take advantage of the recovery.
Lou Pepper, president of Atlantic Aviation, today told AIN he was “saddened and disheartened” by the lack of news about how the Atlantic FBO at New Orleans Lakefront Airport weathered Hurricane Katrina. “You’d think this was 1955 rather than 2005,” he said.