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A recently added direct flight between Mobile and Chicago has been quite successful according to Mobile Regional Airport officials. As a result, American Eagle may add more flights to Chicago and Dallas.

Unfortunately, overall passenger traffic is down slightly from a year ago. 143,520 passengers passed through the airport during the first quarter of 2007, a 6 percent decline from the first three months of 2006.

Mobile Press-Register: Mobile's Chicago flight is hot ticket

Airport website: www.mobairport.com

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Does anyone have any ideas for turning the Mobile Regional Airport into a true regional airport, eclipsing the Pensacola and Gulfport-Biloxi airports?

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Mobile has an airport?

Things that would help:

1. Move it to a better location (DOWNTOWN)

2. Or run a interstate spur to it , If we can t get that proposed interstate loop around the city.

3. Clear up all the bad press.

4. We re trying to build up downtown, but we have to drive almost to Mississippi ! Id rather drive to Biloxi or Nawlins and save 200 bones any day.

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A recently added direct flight between Mobile and Chicago has been quite successful according to Mobile Regional Airport officials. As a result, American Eagle may add more flights to Chicago and Dallas.

Unfortunately, overall passenger traffic is down slightly from a year ago. 143,520 passengers passed through the airport during the first quarter of 2007, a 6 percent decline from the first three months of 2006.

Mobile Press-Register: Mobile's Chicago flight is hot ticket

Airport website: www.mobairport.com

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Does anyone have any ideas for turning the Mobile Regional Airport into a true regional airport, eclipsing the Pensacola and Gulfport-Biloxi airports?

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Things that would help:

1. Move it to a better location (DOWNTOWN)

2. Or run a interstate spur to it , If we can t get that proposed interstate loop around the city.

3. Clear up all the bad press.

4. We re trying to build up downtown, but we have to drive almost to Mississippi ! Id rather drive to Biloxi or Nawlins and save 200 bones any day.

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Maybe if they built a new airport in North Mobile County with access to I-65 and add some international flights to central and south America.

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Maybe if they built a new airport in North Mobile County with access to I-65 and add some international flights to central and south America.

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Four airports in southwest Alabama will share more than $3.2 million in new Federal Aviation Administration grants. U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner, R-Mobile, said the projects take on increased importance now that German steelmaker ThyssenKrupp AG has selected north Mobile County for a new $3.7 billion plant.

The FAA will fund:

$2.44 million for the Mobile Regional Airport to work on access roads and terminal remodeling, including work on a sprinkler system, replacing lighting fixtures and building a new exterior stairwell.

$289,750 for the Atmore Municipal Airport to buy property for runway protection zones.

$450,000 for the Dauphin Island Airport to buy property for a runway protection zone.

$100,000 for the Bay Minette Municipal Airport to install a security fence.

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The Mobile Airport Authority bought 6.1 acres on Airport Boulevard for future expansion. The land, west of the main airport entrance, cost over $1 million.

Mobile Press-Register: Authority buys land to expand airport

Does anyone know what kind of expansion is planned?

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The number of passengers passing through the Mobile Regional Airport in June hit a level (60,268) not seen since before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Annual passenger counts at Mobile's regional airport, consistently above 600,000 for the past five years, are almost 25 percent below pre-9/11 levels. Annual ridership in 1998 was 833,680. In June about 82,000 passengers passed through the Gulfport-Biloxi airport, which ended 2006 at nearly 800,000 passengers. The average domestic fare ($280) at Mobile Regional was almost $100 higher than the Pensacola ($198) and Gulfport ($185) airports.

Hopefully this trend will continue and the annual passenger count will increase, helping to bring in more flights.

Mobile Press-Register: Passenger numbers take off at Mobile Regional

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The airport served 58,674 passengers in July, up 13 percent from July 2006. Maybe the increases over the past two months are early signs of a long-term trend.

Mobile Press-Register: Mobile airport traffic up in July

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The Mobile Airport Authority hired an architect to design the first of up to five office buildings planned for the Brookley Field Industrial Complex. The first building, projected to cost $4.5 million and have 28,000 sq ft, could be complete by March 2009. The Airport Authority wants to provide office space for suppliers to Brookley anchors such as ST Mobile Aerospace Engineering, the Airbus engineering center, and the proposed EADS airplane plants.

Competition from governments building office space has angered some local brokers and developers recently. The University of South Alabama built two research park buildings totaling 115,000 sq ft, while RSA built 460,000 sq ft of office space in its Battle House Tower.

Mobile Press-Register: Airport Authority plans office park at Brookley Field

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The passenger count at Mobile Regional Airport grew 2.3 percent in 2007, to 617,361 -- the second-highest total in the past five years, topped only by 2005, which was boosted by demand after Hurricane Katrina. However, the growth trailed both Pensacola Regional Airport and Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport. At the Pensacola airport, the number of passengers flying in and out was up 3.1 percent to 1,669,950. In Gulfport, new service and post-Katrina recovery pushed passenger numbers to 916,676, 14.9 percent higher than 2006.

Mobile Press-Register: More fliers use airport

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Mobile Regional is facing increasingly tough competition from the Pensacola and Gulfport-Biloxi airports.

Pensacola Regional Airport is undergoing a landmark $100 million expansion, which follows a $50 million runway improvement project completed late last year. Pensacola's airport has been so successful recently that it has had more annual passenger traffic than the Mobile and Fort Walton Beach airports combined.

Total passenger counts:

Pensacola Regional Airport

2005 -- 1.638 million

2006 -- 1.620 million

2007 -- 1.669 million

Mobile Regional Airport

2005 -- 638,953

2006 -- 603,222

2007 -- 617,361

Okaloosa Regional Airport (Ft. Walton Beach)

2005 -- 808,799

2006 -- 740,487

2007 -- 789,845

The Gulport-Biloxi airport recently completed a $50 million terminal expansion, and airport officials are already anticipating further expansions.

Are there any plans on the table for major improvements or expansions at Mobile Regional?

Pensacola Regional Airport expansion plan takes off

Gulfport-Biloxi Airport Terminal Expansion

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Whatever good fortune that Pensacola and Gulfport-Biloxi are experiencing right now, I don't think will be long lived. If you take into consideration all these major job announcement s for the MOBILE area, the region around MOBILE is going to grow tremendously. With that, I think you'll see increased travel to the beaches and more tourism in the area. To support all that, the aiport will have to grow. Which will lead to increased passenger numbers! The only reason Pensacola and Gulfport-Biloxi, and Ft. Walton see so much business in their airports is because they have economies that are based on bringing people in for a visit. Mobile just doesn't have that yet. But, I think it will in due time.

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The military and cargo aircraft plants planned by Northrop/EADS and Airbus would cover much of Brookley Field's 7,800 ft second runway. The runway, which runs north-south, could be closed this summer.

Brookley plans to shut runway

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American Eagle will end its daily round trip between Mobile Regional and Chicago O'Hare after Sept. 7th. As part of the same cost-cutting drive, other cities losing their once-daily trips to O'Hare include Pensacola, Gulfport-Biloxi, Fort Walton Beach, Birmingham, Jackson, and Baton Rouge.

Additionally, Delta plans to cut one of its seven weekday Atlanta round-trips after Labor Day.

American to end Mobile-Chicago flight

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