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Bruce Frallic Tells the Story of How His Airport Survived Hurricane Katrina
In an interview with Business Review USA, Bruce Frallic, A.A.E., Executive Director of Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport divulges how the airport survived and made an incredible comeback after surviving devastating damage from Hurricane Katrina.
Having to withstand eight solid hours of sustained 150 MPH winds, ground zero of Hurricane Katrina was in very close proximity to Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, which endured an extraordinary amount of damage. “We’ve lifted ourselves up and we have since rebuilt everything at the airport, everything is new,” Frallic expresses in the interview.
The airport has invested $287 million in the last five years. Of that, $140 million was public funding from federal and state grants. $147 million is private investment from the private sector. “That says a lot about the area and opportunity for business growth and development that the private sector would actually invest more money than the public sector was able to invest,” says Frallic in the article.
The new cargo area has on site customs and boarder protection including PPQ, which is Plant, Protection and Quarantine, and APHIS, which is the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service. The facility works both air and ocean containers due to the fact they are so close to the port and because a lot of products move by air and ocean.
The new facility cost $22 million, including the building, the ramp and the taxi way system that can handle two 747-400 aircraft with all the equipment necessary.
Read the full article at Business Review USA http://www.businessreviewusa.com/
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