BIZ BUZZ BLOG: Tupelo Regional looking to take FBO private

By Dennis Seid/NEMS Daily Journal

Tupelo Regional Airport is looking for a private company to run the operations of its fixed base operator (more commonly called an FBO), Tupelo Aviation Unlimited.

The airport is asking for proposals for a private firm to take over staffing of TAU. The airport would retain the assets of the FBO, however.

Airport Executive Director Josh Abramson said new general aviation policies have helped the airport see “large growth” in 2011 with the addition of Universal Asset Managment and Airline Maintenance Service.

From the airport:

In order to keep this great momentum going, the Tupelo Airport Authority has decided to make room for private enterprise to flourish at the airport. The first step is to issue a request for proposals to solicit a firm to take over all of the management duties of Tupelo Aviation Unlimited. The Airport Authority will establish a selection committee to ensure that Tupelo selects the best possible candidate. The goal is for the Tupelo Airport Authority completely out of the FBO business in five years.

Tupelo Aviation Unlimited is the fixed-based operator of the Tupelo Airport Authority. This is the business aviation division of the airport that provides services such as fueling, aircraft rental, hangar rental, tie-down and parking, just to name a few.

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