Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport
|Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport|
|USGS 1996 orthophoto|
|IATA: PIB – ICAO: KPIB – FAA LID: PIB|
|Owner||Regional Airport Authority|
|Serves||Hattiesburg / Laurel, Mississippi|
|Location||Jones County, Mississippi|
|Elevation AMSL||298 ft / 91 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport (IATA: PIB, ICAO: KPIB, FAA LID: PIB), nicknamed Airport City, is a public airport located in Jones County, Mississippi. The airport is located in an unincorporated area near Moselle, nine nautical miles (10 mi, 17 km) north of Hattiesburg and 23 miles southwest of Laurel. It is mostly used for general aviation, but is also served by one commercial airline. Service is subsidized by the Essential Air Service program.
The airport's IATA code (PIB) refers to its former name, Pine Belt Regional Airport.
Hattiesburg is halfway between Mississippi's two major airports--Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport and Jackson-Evers International Airport. The three cities are linked by the four-lane U.S. Highway 49.
As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 12,576 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 12,972 enplanements in 2009, and 13,766 in 2010. It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year).
Facilities and aircraft 
Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport covers an area of 1,170 acres (473 ha) at an elevation of 298 feet (91 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 18/36 with an asphalt surface measuring 6,501 by 150 feet (1,982 x 46 m).
For the 12-month period ending February 7, 2012, the airport had 37,710 aircraft operations, an average of 103 per day: 96% general aviation, 34% scheduled commercial, and <1% military. At that time there were 62 aircraft based at this airport: 65% single-engine, 21% multi-engine, 10% jet, and 5% helicopter.
Non-scheduled and charter service 
With its close proximity to the university of Southern Mississippi, the airport sees a great deal of larger charter airliners like the A320 and B737 transporting teams to and from athletic events.
In late 2011 Hattiesburg/Laurel Regional Airport (KPIB) begin an extensive refurbishment of the main terminal building.
Airline and destination 
The following airline offers scheduled passenger service:
- FAA Airport Master Record for PIB ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
- "Contact." Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport. Retrieved on July 15, 2011. "Our Address Airport Director, 1002 Terminal Dr. Moselle, MS 39459"
- "Hattiesburg city, Mississippi." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on July 16, 2011.
- "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
- "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
Other sources 
- Essential Air Service documents (Docket DOT-OST-2001-10685) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
- Notice of Termination of Service (September 21, 2001): Express Airlines I d/b/a Northwest Airlink submits notice of its intent to terminate service to Laurel/Hattiesburg, Mississippi, effective January 1, 2002.
- Order 2002-5-28 (June 3, 2002): selects Mesaba Aviation, Inc., d/b/a Northwest Airlink, to provide two nonstop round trips a day between Laurel/Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and Memphis beginning when the carrier inaugurates service at an annual subsidy rate of $1,056,991.
- Order 2004-8-11 (August 17, 2004): re-selecting Mesaba Aviation, Inc., d/b/a Northwest Airlink, to provide essential air service (EAS) at Laurel/Hattiesburg, Mississippi, for the period from July 1, 2004, through June 30, 2006, at an annual subsidy rate of $1,100,253.
- Order 2006-6-7 (June 9, 2006): re-selecting Mesaba Aviation, Inc., d/b/a Northwest Airlink, to provide essential air service (EAS) at Laurel/Hattiesburg, Mississippi, for the two-year period beginning July 1, 2006, at an annual subsidy rate of $917,129.
- Order 2008-4-2 (April 4, 2008): re-selecting Mesaba Aviation, Inc., d/b/a Northwest Airlink, to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at the hyphenated communities of Hattiesburg and Laurel, Mississippi, through the Hattiesburg–Laurel Regional Airport for the two-year period beginning July 1, 2008, for an annual subsidy of $1,191,435 with 34-seat Saab 340 turboprop aircraft.
- Order 2010-5-16 (May 13, 2010): selecting Mesaba Aviation, Inc. d/b/a Delta Connection, to continue providing subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Laurel/Hattiesburg, Mississippi, for the two-year period beginning July 1, 2010, at the annual subsidy rate of $1,398,798.
- Ninety Day Notice (July 15, 2011): from MESABA AVIATION, INC. and PINNACLE AIRLINES, INC. of termination of service at Laurel/Hattiesburg, MS.
- Order 2012-5-17 (May 22, 2012): selecting Silver Airways, formerly Gulfstream International Airways, to provide Essential Air Service (EAS) at Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Greenville, Laurel/Hattiesburg, and Tupelo, Mississippi, and Greenbrier/White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia (Lewisburg), using 34-passenger Saab 340 aircraft, for a combined annual subsidy of $16,098,538.
- Order 2012-6-3 (June 6, 2012): extending the Essential Air Service obligation of the two wholly owned subsidiaries of Pinnacle Airlines Corporation—Mesaba Aviation, Inc. and Pinnacle Airlines, d/b/a Delta Connection at the eight communities listed below (Muscle Shoals, AL; Alpena, MI; Iron Mountain/Kingsford, MI; Brainerd, MN; International Falls, MN; Greenville, MS; Laurel/Hattiesburg, MS; Tupelo, MS) for 30 days, through, July 9, 2012.
- Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport, official site
- Aerial image as of January 1996 from USGS The National Map
- FAA Terminal Procedures for PIB, effective May 2, 2013
- Resources for this airport: