MGM Builds for the Future

MGM Builds for the Future

New Taxiway Project to Complete Airfield Improvement Enhancements


(Montgomery, Alabama) – Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM) officials announced today that they are preparing to enter the final phase of several projects on the airfield.

The recent $935,112 Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will fund improvements to MGM’s main taxiway, Taxiway Alpha.  Upon completion, the Montgomery Regional Airport Authority will have refurbished all paving surfaces, a long-range project implemented almost 10 years ago.

Major improvements are planned on the east side taxiway including milling, three-inch paving and upgrades to create a new surface. Montgomery Regional Airport, Executive  Director, Marshall J Taggart, Jr. said, “The upgrades to our aviation infrastructure will provide MGM with a competitive advantage in luring additional carriers. Taxiway Alpha enhances our airfield and completes the last round of significant improvements made over the past decade.”  Taggart added, “We are poised to begin serious conversations to attract additional air service to our airport.”

With the $935,112 AIP Grant, MGM has invested more than $33 Million in airport development projects.

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Montgomery Regional Airport currently offers flights to Atlanta, Georgia (ATL); Charlotte, North Carolina (CLT); Dallas, Texas (DFW); and Washington, D.C. (DCA).   MGM serves the region with daily flights by American and Delta.  For more information on the airport, visit flyMGM.com.

Travel Safely on July 4th

As we celebrate Independence Day with family and friends, let’s keep safety front and center.

While preparing your luggage for a flight, remember that fireworks are hazardous and are not allowed on aircraft. Fireworks are not allowed in carry-on baggage nor packed luggage. There are also other items that are used every day that are considered hazardous when brought on airplanes. For a Safe Start, Check the Chart!

Flying a drone?

While you’re enjoying your drone during the holiday, know that it is not a great idea to capture firework activity with your drone.

There’s a new law (PDF) that describes how, when, and where you can fly drones for recreational purposes.

Here are general guidelines for people flying drones:

  • Don’t fly your drone in or near fireworks
  • Don’t fly over people
  • Don’t fly near airports

To learn more about what you can and can’t do with your drone go to faa.gov/uas or download the B4UFLY app for free in the Apple and Google Play store.

About those laser pointers…

It’s baffling but people actually point lasers at aircraft. That activity creates a serious safety risk to the pilot. It is illegal to shine lasers at aircraft and in many instances people can face federal charges.  Save yourself the legal trouble and lose the laser. If you witness someone aiming a laser at an aircraft, you’re encouraged to report the incident. Enjoy the July 4th holiday weekend!

Via Airlines to End Regional Service to MGM

Via Airlines to End Regional Service to MGM

(Montgomery, Alabama) –Florida-based, Via Airlines will not resume seasonal operations at Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM).  Via has announced that it will discontinue much of its commercial service across the country and return to the airline’s charter business model.

MGM began offering Via flights to Orlando Sanford International Airport in May 2018.  Passenger travel increased and demand continues for regional service from MGM to the popular destination.   The airport will continue its efforts to increase routes and options for vacation and business travelers, including the Orlando market.

Customers who purchased tickets or have itineraries for future flights on Via Airlines, must directly contact the airline, www.flyviaair.com or call 1-407-499-4992.

Montgomery Regional Airport Welcomes New Executive Director

Montgomery Regional Airport Welcomes New Executive Director

Marshall J. Taggart, Jr. to become airport executive director on May 15

(Montgomery, Alabama) – The Montgomery Airport Authority is pleased to announce the selection of Marshall J. Taggart, Jr., C.M. as the incoming director of the Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM).  He will assume the top airport leadership role effective May 15, 2019.

Mr. Taggart comes to the River Region as an accomplished airport industry leader, with nearly two decades of experience in the aviation industry.  Prior to joining the MGM team, he served as the Deputy Airport Director of DeKalb Peachtree Airport (PDK), the second busiest airport in the state of Georgia. At PDK, his leadership responsibilities included: operations, security, facilities, maintenance, and the successful administration of more than $42 million in construction and airfield projects including, Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS), the first of its kind implemented in the state.

Taggart’s career success also includes, private industry experience as the National Director for Airport Business Development for MediaShift, Inc.  He also previously managed Tallahassee Regional (now International) Airport as its Deputy Aviation Director where he led efforts to bring in new air service, as well as managed all commercial development. His aviation background also includes progressive roles in areas of business development, marketing, planning and real estate, and concessions management at Chicago Midway (MDW), Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta (ATL) International Airports.

He is an engaged contributor and professional member of the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC), Airport Council International (ACI), the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), and the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA).

The Montgomery Airport Authority selected to hire Mr. Taggart during its April board meeting.  Board Chair Tammy Knight Fleming remarked, “The Board conducted a national search focused on identifying the right leader to innovate operations and continue recent growth, and we are excited by the outcome.  Mr. Taggart was selected by a diverse committee, made up representatives from the local and business communities, as well as leaders in the aviation industry.  He brings a wealth of experience to MGM, and we look forward to supporting his vision for the airport.”

Mr. Taggart responded. “I am honored and humbled to serve in this position as MGM’s next Executive Director. I personally believe that an airport is the official calling card to your city because it gives travelers the first and last impression of what your city has to offer. Our MGM employee team, along with the MGM Board look forward to introducing our theme to move the airport to even higher heights by launching: “Moving MGM Forward – VISION 2025.

Taggart holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and master of public administration degree from Clark Atlanta University (CAU). He is currently completing his dissertation for his doctorate in political science with dual concentrations in Urban and U.S. politics from his alma mater. Marshall and his wife Sherri, also a CAU alumna, have two adult children.

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Montgomery Regional Airport currently offers flights to Atlanta, Georgia (ATL); Charlotte, North Carolina (CLT); Dallas, Texas (DFW); Orlando/Sanford, Florida (SFB); and Washington, D.C. (DCA).   MGM serves the region with daily flights by American and Delta and seasonal service by Via.  For more information on the airport, visit flymgm.com.

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Montgomery Regional Airport Shows Strong Start in 2019

Montgomery Regional Airport Shows Strong Start in 2019

February Showed More Than 28% Increase in Travel Compared to Last Year

(Montgomery, Alabama) – Traffic is on the rise at the Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM) as passenger numbers continue to increase.   In the first two months of this year, MGM served a total of 55,167 passengers, up 28.2% from the number of passengers served during the same period in 2018.  

Earlier this year, the Montgomery Airport Authority announced an 11% year-over-year increase in total passengers from 2017 to 2018.  Of the most recent data gains, Montgomery Airport Authority Chair Tammy Knight Fleming remarked, “It is certainly encouraging to see this calendar year start with strong growth.  Our goal is to continue this trend.  More travelers means MGM becomes more competitive in pursuing opportunities to increase seats, flights and ultimately destinations for the region.” 

MGM remains successful in meeting the consumer demand for an increase in seats.  Carrier operations at the airport also improved in February by 20.8%, calendar year-to-date.  This increase was bolstered by the number of passengers utilizing seats added in 2018 for new flights on existing routes and to new destinations.

Montgomery Regional Airport currently offers flights to Atlanta, Georgia (ATL); Charlotte, North Carolina (CLT); Dallas, Texas (DFW); Orlando/Sanford, Florida (SFB); and Washington, D.C. (DCA).   MGM serves the region with daily flights by American and Delta and seasonal service by Via.  For more information on the airport, visit flymgm.com.

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Year-End Passenger Traffic Up More Than 11%

Passenger Numbers Increase as Montgomery Regional Airport Flies High

Year-End Passenger Traffic Up More Than 11%

(Montgomery, Alabama) – The Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM) has announced that 338,920 passengers traveled through the airport in 2018, an 11.3% increase from traffic during the previous year.

The rise in passenger count, more than 34,000 travelers, marks important progress in ongoing efforts to continue airport growth, specifically the attraction of new customers and the addition of services.  “We’ve been hard at work to ensure MGM is the airport of choice in this region,” said Montgomery Airport Authority Chair Tammy Knight Fleming. “Efforts will continue to accelerate this growth and identify new opportunities to enhance the convenience of flying from our hometown hub.  We want to thank the local community and passengers in the River Region for their support.”

MGM’s passenger growth has been supported by a number of enhancements:

  • Increased air service, adding affordable flights to new destinations, Washington D.C. – Reagan National Airport (DCA) and Orlando, Florida – Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB);
  • Expanded existing air service with American Airlines’ addition of a third daily flight to Dallas, Texas – Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW);
  • Improved passenger experience through facility investments, including a new exterior entrance to general aviation and an updated interior, featuring new charging stations; faster, free wi-fi, kids play areas and wayfinding signage;
  • Added passenger amenities to increase airport accessibility with convenient wheelchair and skycap services; and,
  • Opened Runway 28, a new restaurant and bar, serving passengers and the local community and new retail operations, including a convenient coffee shop with books, magazines, gifts and travel essentials.

“It’s an exciting time at MGM.  This news reminds us that both our airport and our region are growing.  More people are choosing MGM, and more travelers are also choosing the Montgomery area as a destination,” said Bob Hendrix, Airport Director.  “We are relentlessly pursuing a culture of excellence in customer service, and each day, we’re working with our airline partners and vendors to improve the passenger experience.  There’s much more in store in 2019.”

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Winter Weather Advisory

Due to Winter Storm Jayden, travel to and from Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM) may be impacted. Passengers are encouraged to frequently check on the status of their flights, before heading to the airport.

MGM will update this page with information received from the airlines. However, airlines should be contacted directly for the latest information.


Delta Airlines has issued the following advisory on Atlanta Winter Weather:

Winter weather in the Atlanta area may impact travel to/from/through the destination(s) listed below. Check flight status frequently for up-to-the-minute information about your flight plans, or get updates sent directly to your mobile device or by email with One-Time Flight Notification.  To provide you with flexibility for your travel plans, we’re offering you the following options to choose what best fits your travel needs. In the event your selected flight is canceled by Delta, we will contact you with additional information.

  1. Remain on your flight. We recommend you continue to monitor your flight status for the most up-to-date information using My Trips on delta.com or on the Fly Delta app.
  2. Change to a different flight. If you select this option, you may make a one-time change and we will waive any applicable change fee.*  To change your flight, visit My Trips on delta.com and click on “Modify Flight”.
  3. You may choose to cancel your trip, and use the value towards a future flight. 

Statement on Passing of Board Member Gregory Calhoun

Released: October 11, 2018

 

Chairwoman Tammy Fleming’s Statement on the Passing of Gregory Calhoun
Made on Behalf of the Montgomery Airport Authority

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (October 11, 2018) – “The members of the Montgomery Airport Authority are deeply saddened by the loss of fellow board member, Gregory Calhoun. His long-standing service and commitment to the Montgomery Regional Airport have been instrumental in the airport’s development and growth. Mr. Calhoun was not only a tremendous asset to our Board, he was a treasured business leader in this community. He will be missed.”

 

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Hurricane Michael Advisory

Because of Hurricane Michael, airlines are likely to cancel many flights in the direct path of the storm and the surrounding areas. Flights that are not canceled may be delayed. Once Hurricane Michael makes ground fall, airports may be listed as “open” but flooding on local roadways may limit access to airports for passengers, as well as the employees who work for the airlines or at the airport. As a result, every aspect of your trip to the airport, including parking, checking in, getting through security and boarding may take longer than usual.

As always, check with airlines about the status of your flight before you leave for the airport.  Major carriers provide flight status updates on their website:

Please continue to check the status of your flight with your airline, not the Airport. You can also check the status of some major airports in the storm path by visiting Fly.FAA.gov, which is updated regularly. You can also check current travel advisories provided by most U.S. airlines.

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Meetings & Events

Airport Authority Board Meetings:

Tuesday, July 9th, at 4:00 p.m. in the second floor board meeting room.

The agenda can be downloaded here.

Committee Meetings:  held in the second floor board meeting room

No committee meetings scheduled at this time.