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Airports in Mississippi

What Airports are There in Mississippi?

There are no airports in Mississippi large enough to compete with the biggest airports in the United States. The state has 106 private and 83 public airports. The two busiest airports are Jackson–Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport (JAN) and Gulfport–Biloxi International Airport (GPT). They carry approximately one million passengers per year.

There are four international airports in Mississippi. Jackson–Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport (JAN), the state’s biggest, handles around 489 thousand passengers annually. It has an on-time arrival performance of 80.05% (79.99% average in the U.S.) and 81.96% on-time departure performance (81.56% average in the U.S.). The smallest airport in the state is Greenville Mid-Delta Airport (GLH) (5 thousand passengers yearly).

In total, all airports in the state have around 943 thousand passengers annually. This accounts for 0.11% of total air traffic in the U.S.

List of Airports in Mississippi

  • 1. Jackson–Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport (JAN). Six airlines fly into and out of the airport. The most popular destination is Atlanta, Georgia (146 thousand passengers). It conducts approximately 51 thousand aircraft operations annually.
  • 2. Gulfport–Biloxi International Airport (GPT). Only domestic flights are regularly scheduled at the airport. In 2020, it had 197 thousand passengers. Six American airlines operate here.
  • 3. Golden Triangle Regional Airport (GTR). It’s the third-largest among all airports in Mississippi. It’s primarily used for general (50%) and military (41%) aviation. It offers scheduled nonstop flights to Atlanta. It has 29 thousand aircraft operations per year on average.
  • 4. Meridian Regional Airport (MEI). This public airport is used for military and public aviation. It collaborates with one commercial airline and has around 85 thousand passengers annually. This airport has the longest public-use runway in the state.
  • 5. Hattiesburg–Laurel Regional Airport (PIB). On average, this general aviation airport has 12 thousand boardings annually. It’s served by one commercial airline (United Express). The most popular domestic destination in 2020 is Dallas.

Airlines That Fly to Mississippi

The following are the largest U.S.-based airlines that operate from Mississippi airports:

  • 1. American Eagle
  • 2. United Express
  • 3. Southern Airways Express
  • 4. Sun Country Airlines
  • 5. Allegiant Air
  • 6. United Airlines
  • 7. ExpressJet
  • 8. Contour Airlines

Most Popular Destinations

Although there are four airports offering international flights, all the most popular destinations in Mississippi airports are within the state. Based on the statistics of Internet searches, the most popular destinations are the biggest cities in the state:

  • 1. Gulfport (48%)
  • 2. Jackson (43%)
  • 3. Columbus (5%)
  • 4. Laurel (5%)
  • 5. Meridian (1%)

Mississippi Aviation Heritage Museum

There are a lot of unique museums in the state of Mississippi. The Mississippi Aviation Heritage Museum is one of them. It highlights the state’s rich aviation history and will be interesting for visitors of all ages. It was named after John C. Robinson, a pioneering aviator in the state. Unique displays, flight simulators, planes, a theater that looks like an airliner’s interior, and much more can be found there. It’s situated near Gulfport–Biloxi International Airport (GPT)—one of the few major airports in Mississippi.

The museum opened at the end of 2020. Its territory measures 52,000 square feet. There are 17 galleries that demonstrate Mississippi aviators and Apollo astronauts. Moreover, an observation deck and restaurants on the property will appear in the future.