Airport Upgrades

Because of lagging business after last Sept. 11, earlier this year Northwest Airlines pulled out of some of its smaller markets. Meridian was one of the markets, which the company left. This left only ASA in operation.

Although attracting an additional airline to the airport is a future goal, for now airport officials are concentrating their efforts in other areas.

"We're not so much looking for another airline, but we're working hard with ASA, the Delta connection, to increase the number of flights and upgrade to a larger aircraft which would be a jet airplane," said Tom Williams.

Tom Williams is head of the Meridian Airport Authority. He says if all goes well, jet service could be available in Meridian within the next year.