Jackson-Evers International Airport
|Jackson-Evers International Airport|
|IATA: JAN – ICAO: KJAN – FAA LID: JAN
|Owner||City of Jackson|
|Elevation AMSL||346 ft / 105 m|
|Sources: and FAA|
Jackson-Evers International Airport (IATA: JAN, ICAO: KJAN, FAA LID: JAN) is a city-owned, public-use, joint civil-military airport located in Jackson, Mississippi, five nautical miles (9 km) east of the central business district of Jackson, across the Pearl River.
It services commercial, private, and military aviation. It is named after Medgar Evers, the former Mississippi Field Secretary for the NAACP, and is administered by the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority (JMAA), which also oversees aviation activity at Hawkins Field (HKS) in northwest Jackson.
As of March 2011, the Jackson-Evers International Airport was ranked as the 8th-best airport in a worldwide consumer survey conducted by Airports Council International (ACI). It was the only airport within the United States to be ranked within the top ten.
The land that is now Jackson-Evers International Airport was first dedicated in 1963 as a new commercial and military air facility to replace Hawkins Field, which had served as Jackson's first airport and been operating since 1928. Delta Air Lines's inaugural flight, from Dallas Love Field, landed at Hawkins Field in 1929. The new 1963 facility was named Allen C. Thompson Field (after the Mayor of Jackson at the time, who was instrumental in obtaining the land for the airfield), which remains the name for the land on which the airport is built. The airport was designated "Jackson Municipal Airport."
In the early 1990s the name was changed to "Jackson International Airport" since it has facilities for international flights (of which it has none). The airport does contain an office for U.S. Customs to service international arrivals and has established a Foreign Trade Zone.
Recent improvements to the facilities include a new covered garage for long-term parking. In 1997 Southwest Airlines began service to Jackson from Chicago, Baltimore, Houston, and Orlando. Currently, the airport services about 247 aircraft per day. Following a decision by the Jackson City Council in December 2004, on 22 January 2005 the airport name was changed to Jackson-Evers International Airport. In 2006 the airport authority received a federal grant (Small Community Air Service Development) to recruit non-stop flight service to Newark to provide Jackson with non-stop service to the New York City metropolitan area. Continental Airlines commenced service from Jackson to Newark on September 25, 2007; however, due to high fuel costs, the route was terminated in the summer of 2008. American Airlines non-stop service between O'Hare and Jackson-Evers was also recently halted.
The 172d Airlift Wing (172 AW) of the Mississippi Air National Guard has also maintained an Air National Guard base on the airport since 1963, having relocated that year from nearby Hawkins Field. The 172 AW previously operated the C-119 Flying Boxcar, C-124 Globemaster, C-130 Hercules, C-141 Starlifter and currently flies the C-17 Globemaster III.
Facilities and aircraft 
Jackson-Evers International Airport covers an area of 3,381 acres (1,368 ha) at an elevation of 346 feet (105 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways designated 16L/34R and 16R/34L, each with a 8,500 x 150 ft (2,591 x 46 m) asphalt surface.
- In February 2011 five new jetways were installed, two on the east Concourse (gates 3&4) and three on the west Concourse (gates 15, 17, and 19)
- For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2007, the airport had 68,378 aircraft operations, an average of 187 per day: 32% air taxi, 28% military, 24% general aviation and 16% scheduled commercial. At that time there were 45 aircraft based at this airport: 20% single-engine, 36% multi-engine, 22% jet, 4% helicopter and 18% military.
Airlines and Destinations 
|American Eagle||Dallas/Fort Worth||East|
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta||West|
|Delta Connection operated by ExpressJet||Atlanta, Memphis||West|
|Southwest Airlines||Baltimore (ends August 10, 2013), Chicago-Midway, Houston-Hobby
|United Express operated by ExpressJet||Chicago-O'Hare, Houston-Intercontinental||East|
|US Airways Express operated by PSA Airlines||Charlotte||West|
|US Airways Express operated by Republic Airlines||Washington-National||West|
- Jackson Municipal Airport Authority
- FAA Airport Master Record for JAN ( PDF), effective 2008-04-10
- "Jackson city, Mississippi." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on September 24, 2011.
- World's Best Airports,
- Merv (January 23, 2007). "Continental Airlines to launch non-stop New York flights". Just the Flight. Wayfarers World Travel Ltd.
- "ATW Daily News". ATW. Penton Media Inc. January 23, 2007.
- (PDF), effective May 2, 2013
- FAA Terminal Procedures for JAN, effective May 2, 2013
- Resources for this airport: