Charles Herrington 7 WDAM
General Aviation Growth Prompts New Hangar Construction at HLRA
February 11, 2015
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  • JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -Growth in general aviation at the Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport has prompted administrators there to build a new home for a few extra private planes. Work is being done on the facility’s 15th hangar.

    It’ll be able to house a variety of aircraft.

    A $250,000 grant from the Mississippi Dept. of Transportation is paying for most of it and the rest is coming from a loan from the Mississippi Development Authority.

    Airport executive director Tom Heanue said the extra hangar space is needed.

    “When I started as director here, we had about 34 based aircraft,” Heanue said. “We’re at about 75 now, and now, we actually need room for some more. We’re getting a little tight here, so this hangar is well overdue,” he said.

    The hangar should be finished by mid-April. It’s the 7th in the last 12 years that’s been built at the facility.