Situation looking up for Olive Branch airport

By The Associated Press

OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. (AP) — Olive Branch airport has seen its ups and downs.

The recession hit air traffic and the number of takeoffs and landings still haven’t reached peak, but business is looking up.

Airport manager David Taylor tells The Commercial Appeal (http://bit.ly/WKMH3I ) private air traffic is still lagging, but corporate traffic has increased.

An average of 230 takeoffs and landings occur each day. Before the recession, the regional airport recorded an average of 315 takeoffs and landings a day.

Taylor says flight training traffic is what is driving the numbers. He says training traffic accounts for 50 percent of the activity.

The Federal Aviation Administration identifies the Olive Branch airport on the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems.

The designation means the airport is considered significant to national air transportation.