Thursday, August 01, 2013

New view for private fliers to Tupelo Regional Airport (KTUP), Mississippi

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — It's a part of the Tupelo Regional Airport you may have never seen, but some describe it as the front door to the city.

Officials gathered Thursday morning for the grand reopening of the building where those who fly private planes arrive.

"When the people come, the decision makers come to our community to decide whether they want to bring their businesses here, their jobs here or to spend their money here, we now have a great presence with this new facility," said Josh Abramson, the airport's executive director.

The city spent $500,000 on improvements to Tupelo Aviation Unlimited.

Most of it was paid for with a state grant, but the city had to borrow $200,000 through a loan by the Mississippi Development Authority.