Jackson–Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport

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Jackson–Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport
Jackson–Evers International Airport Logo.png
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Jackson
OperatorJackson Municipal Airport Authority
ServesJackson, Mississippi
LocationJackson, Mississippi, U.S.
Elevation AMSL346 ft / 105 m
Coordinates32°18′40″N 090°04′33″W / 32.31111°N 90.07583°W / 32.31111; -90.07583
JAN is located in Mississippi
JAN is located in the United States
Direction Length Surface
ft m
16L/34R 8,500 2,591 Asphalt
16R/34L 8,500 2,591 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Aircraft operations50,076
Based aircraft26
Sources:[1] and FAA[2]

Jackson–Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport (IATA: JAN, ICAO: KJAN, FAA LID: JAN) is a city-owned civil-military airport in Jackson, Mississippi,[3] six miles (9 km) east of Jackson, across the Pearl River.[2]

It serves 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.

In March 2011, the Jackson–Evers International Airport was ranked the 8th-best airport in a worldwide consumer survey conducted by Airports Council International (ACI). It was the only airport in the United States to be ranked in the top ten.[4]


Groundbreaking for the new airport occurred on August 17, 1959, beginning construction that was expected to take two years.[5] The expansion was expected to cost $6 million (equivalent to $52,000,000 in 2018).[5] At the opening ceremony, mayor Allen C. Thompson got a laugh when he thanked the people who had had anything to do anything with the airport in the past, and "the taxpayers who are going to pay for it" in the future.[5] The airport opened in 1963, a new airport to replace Hawkins Field, Jackson's airport since 1928. Delta Air Lines's first flight, from Dallas Love Field, landed at Hawkins Field in 1929. The new airport 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 "Jackson Municipal Airport".

Following a decision by the Jackson City Council in December 2004, the airport name was changed to Jackson–Evers International Airport on January 22, 2005.

Past air service[edit]

Looking east from the West Concourse, July 2005
Jackson–Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport departures and ticketing hall
Southwest 737 at Jackson, Sept 2010

The first jets scheduled to Jackson were Delta 880s in late 1963, Newark-Birmingham-Jackson-Shreveport-Dallas and back[6].

In 1973 Delta Boeing 727s flew nonstop to Atlanta, Birmingham, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Monroe (LA), Montgomery (AL), Memphis, Meridian (MS), New Orleans, and Shreveport, which continued for some time afterward.[7] In the mid-1980s, Delta 727s and McDonnell Douglas DC-9s flew nonstop to Atlanta, Dallas/Ft Worth, Memphis, Mobile, Monroe, and Shreveport. In October 1991 Delta had nonstop 727s, DC-9s and McDonnell Douglas MD-88s to its hubs in Atlanta, Cincinnati, and Dallas/Ft Worth, in addition to Baton Rouge, Birmingham, Monroe, and Shreveport.[8][9] Delta reduced its flights in the 1990s and 2000s; in 2013 it flew only to Atlanta from Jackson.

In the 1960s Southern Airways Martin 404s connected Jackson with Natchez, Vicksburg, Greenwood, Columbus, Laurel, and New Orleans, but in the next decade Southern replaced these with DC-9s. In the 1970s Southern flew to Memphis, Atlanta, Greenville, Mississippi and Mobile, but after it merged with North Central Airlines in 1979 to form Republic Airlines it flew only to Memphis and left completely by 1984.[10][11] In the 1970s Jackson had direct Convair 600s to HoustonIntercontinental on Texas International Airlines.

In 1979 Frontier Airlines flew Boeing 737s direct to Little Rock, with connections to Denver and the rest of the airline's network. Royale Airlines flew Gulfstream turboprops to Natchez and New Orleans. Between 1984 and 1986, Eastern Airlines had nonstop 727s to Atlanta and New Orleans; United Airlines flew 737s to Memphis, a route later taken over by Northwest with Saab 340s; Northwest also started direct turboprops to Laurel/Hattiesburg and later started Jackson–New Orleans. A Continental Airlines affiliate began turboprop flights to Houston–Intercontinental, which continued through June 2013 (now part of United, using regional jets). In 1981 American Airlines began direct flights to Dallas/Ft. Worth, Mobile, and later Nashville, using MD-83s and Boeing 727s.[8][9][12][13]

In the early 1990s the airport's name became "Jackson International Airport" since it has facilities for international flights (of which it has none scheduled). It has an office for U.S. Customs to service international arrivals and has established a Foreign Trade Zone. The airport saw US Airways as a new carrier during this time, gaining nonstop service to Charlotte and for a time, to New Orleans. Trans World Airlines began Trans World Express service to St. Louis in 1995; this ended the next year.[14] TWA had DC-9, often DC-9-10, service to STL in 1996. Low-cost Valujet began DC-9 flights from Jackson to Atlanta in 1994, lasting for two years before it filed for bankruptcy and became AirTran Airways in 1997. The mid-1990s saw a tightening in the airline industry of the hub-and-spoke system, and many destinations from Jackson were eliminated. American downgraded service in 1995 from Jackson to American Eagle service only to Dallas/Ft. Worth and Nashville, and later only to Dallas, and by 2004 Delta provided service only to Atlanta and Cincinnati, the latter only through subsidiary Comair.

In 1997 Southwest Airlines began service to Jackson from Baltimore, Chicago–Midway, Houston–Hobby and Orlando; Southwest flew its last flight from Jackson on June 7, 2014.[15]

Aircraft movements per year at JAN (1990-2013, inclusive). Data from FAA.[16]

Recent air service[edit]

In 2013 the airport saw 7,520 commercial aircraft (about 20 commercial aircraft per day) and 53,096 aircraft overall.[16]

In 2006 the airport authority received a federal grant (Small Community Air Service Development) to recruit non-stop flight service to Newark, in the New York City area. Continental Airlines flights from Jackson to Newark began on September 25, 2007;[17][18] the route ended in summer 2008. American Airlines non-stop service between Chicago–O'Hare and Jackson–Evers recently ended, though the route has been resumed by United Airlines[when?].

In late 2018 Frontier Airlines started non-stop service to Orlando International Airport and Denver International Airport. They are the only airline to schedule the Airbus A320 Family to Jackson.

The 172d Airlift Wing (172 AW) of the Mississippi Air National Guard has maintained an Air National Guard base on the airport since 1963, when it moved from Hawkins Field. The 172 AW previously operated the C-119 Flying Boxcar, C-124 Globemaster, C-130 Hercules, C-141 Starlifter and now flies the C-17 Globemaster III.


The airport has an L-shaped terminal, with the ramp extending north. The west concourse, with gates 15–19, extends nearly straight from the central part of the terminal with ticket counters, while the east concourse (gates 1–4) extends north at the other end of the terminal building. In the 1980s, United Airlines operated flights from gate 6, almost directly behind the ticket counters; however, when the airport was renovated in the early 1990s, gate 6 was converted into an observation deck.

The Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame museum is located at the airport.

The airport covers 3,381 acres (1,368 ha) at an elevation of 346 feet (105 m). It has two runways, 16L/34R and 16R/34L, each 8,500 ft × 150 ft (2,591 m × 46 m) asphalt.[2]

Five new jetways were installed in February 2011: two on the east Concourse (gates 3 and 4) and three on the west Concourse (gates 15, 17, and 19). Recent improvements include a new covered garage for long-term parking.[when?]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

American Eagle Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth, Washington–National [19]
Delta Air Lines Atlanta [20]
Delta Connection Atlanta [20]
Frontier Airlines Denver, Orlando [21]
United ExpressChicago–O'Hare, Houston–Intercontinental[22]

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from Jackson-Medgar Evers Airport
(July 2017 – June 2018)
Rank City Passengers Airline/s
1 Atlanta, Georgia 215,360 Delta
2 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 100,640 American
3 Houston (Intercontinental), Texas 60,640 United
4 Charlotte, North Carolina 53,670 American
5 Chicago (O'Hare), Illinois 15,960 United
6 Washington (National), DC 11,770 American
7 Orlando (Sanford), Florida 210 Via


  1. ^ "JMAA - Connecting Jackson to the world, and the world to Jackson". www.jmaa.com.
  2. ^ a b c FAA Airport Master Record for JAN (Form 5010 PDF), effective April 10, 2008
  3. ^ "Jackson city, Mississippi Archived September 24, 2006, at the Wayback Machine." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on September 24, 2011.
  4. ^ World's Best Airports,
  5. ^ a b c Brumfield, Les (August 18, 1959). "Officials Break Ground For City's Jet Airport". The Clarion-Ledger. Jackson, Mississippi. Retrieved August 27, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ Probably started November -- not in the 11/63 OAG and is in the 12/63.
  7. ^ "Delta Air Lines timetable". March 1, 1973.
  8. ^ a b "JAN85p1". www.departedflights.com.
  9. ^ a b "JAN91p1". www.departedflights.com.
  10. ^ "SO042979". www.departedflights.com.
  11. ^ "SO070178p12". www.departedflights.com.
  12. ^ "JAN79p1". www.departedflights.com.
  13. ^ "JAN81p1". www.departedflights.com.
  14. ^ "Welcome airchive.com - BlueHost.com". airchive.com.
  15. ^ Ortega, Jennifer (June 7, 2014). "Southwest takes final flight from Jackson". WAPT News. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  16. ^ a b "Air Traffic Activity System (ATADS)". Federal Aviation Administration. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  17. ^ Merv (January 23, 2007). "Continental Airlines to launch non-stop New York flights". Just the Flight. Wayfarers World Travel Ltd.
  18. ^ "ATW Daily News". ATW. Penton Media Inc. January 23, 2007.
  19. ^ "Flight schedules and notifications". Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  20. ^ a b "FLIGHT SCHEDULES". Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  21. ^ http://www.msnewsnow.com/story/38651900/frontier-airlines-announces-flights-to-denverorlando-from-jackson-for-under-50
  22. ^ "Timetable". Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  23. ^ "RITA | BTS | Transtats". Bureau of Transportation Statistics. June 2018. Retrieved September 26, 2018.

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