Mid Delta Regional Airport

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Mid-Delta Regional Airport
Airport type Public
Owner City of Greenville
Serves Greenville, Mississippi
Elevation AMSL 131 ft / 40 m
Coordinates 33°28′58″N 090°59′08″W / 33.48278°N 90.98556°W / 33.48278; -90.98556Coordinates: 33°28′58″N 090°59′08″W / 33.48278°N 90.98556°W / 33.48278; -90.98556
Website greenvillems.org/citygovernment/airport/
GLH is located in Mississippi
GLH is located in the US
Location of airport in Mississippi / United States
Direction Length Surface
ft m
18L/36R 8,001 2,439 Asphalt
18R/36L 7,019 2,139 Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics (2009)
Aircraft operations 37,295
Based aircraft 17

Mid-Delta Airport[2] (IATA: GLH[3]ICAO: KGLHFAA LID: GLH) is a public use airport in unincorporated Washington County, Mississippi, United States.[4] It is located five nautical miles (6 mi, 9 km) northeast of the central business district of Greenville, the city that owns the airport.[1] It is served by one commercial airline, Boutique Air, which is subsidized by the Essential Air Service program. Formerly, the facility was known as Greenville Air Force Base.

As per the Federal Aviation Administration, this airport had 6,310 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[5] 6,290 in 2009, 6,609 in 2010,[6] 7,417 in 2011, and 5,181 in 2012.[7] The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a non-primary commercial service airport.[8]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Mid-Delta Regional Airport is the only commercial airport located in the Mississippi Delta.[9] Located approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) north of central Greenville, MDRA is situated on 2,000 acres (810 ha) of land, with a sizable portion in the Mid-Delta Empowerment Zone. A controlled airfield, MDRA has a control tower which is manned from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., seven days a week.

The facility has two runways, the primary being 18L/36R which is composed of an asphalt surface 150 feet (46 m) wide by 8,001 feet (2,439 m) long. Runway 18L/36R is a precision approach runway with an Instrument landing System (ILS), medium approach lighting system with rails, (MALSR) approach lights and High Intensity Runway Lights (HIRLs). A parallel runway, 18R/36L, has an asphalt and concrete surface with a width of 150 feet (46 m) and length of 7,019 feet (2,139 m). Runway 18R/36L is a non-precision runway with Medium Intensity Runway Lights, (MIRL). The runways are connected by six taxiways. Ramp space is abundant, with 2,660,000 square feet (247,000 m2) of concrete ramp area.

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2009, the airport had 37,295 aircraft operations, an average of 102 per day: 47% military, 30% air taxi, 23% general aviation, and <1% scheduled commercial. At that time there were 17 aircraft based at this airport: 88% single-engine and 12% jet.[1]


Historically, the airport had scheduled passenger service provided by Southern Airways with Douglas DC-9-10 jetliners. Southern operated nonstop flights to Memphis with direct service to Baton Rouge and New Orleans via an intermediate stop in Monroe, Louisiana and also on a direct, one stop basis to Atlanta. Other flights operated by Southern continued on direct, no change of plane routings to Chicago, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale. Southern then merged with North Central Airlines to form Republic Airlines which in turn continued to serve Greenville. Republic operated DC-9 jet service to Memphis, Baton Rouge and New Orleans, and also provided direct, one stop or two stop jet service to Atlanta. Some Republic jet flights continued on to Washington D.C. (Dulles Airport) and New York City (LaGuardia Airport) on a direct, no change of plane basis. Republic subsequently ceased all flights from Greenville and withdrew from the market.

In May 2015, SeaPort Airlines announced that it planned to end service to and from the airport. After receiving proposals from four airlines, the Greenville city council unanimously chose Boutique Air as its next airline.[10]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Boutique Air Nashville, Dallas-Fort Worth


Carrier shares: (April 2015 - March 2016)[11]
Carrier   Passengers (arriving and departing)
Boutique Air
Top domestic destinations: (April 2015-March 2016)[11]
Rank Airport name & IATA code Passengers Airline
1 Nashville International (BNA) 760 Boutique Air
2 Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW) 640 Boutique Air
3 Memphis International (MEM) 200 SeaPort


  1. ^ a b c FAA Airport Master Record for GLH (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
  2. ^ "Mid-Delta Regional Airport". City of Greenville. Retrieved September 19, 2010. 
  3. ^ "IATA Airport Code Search (GLH: Greenville)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved June 6, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Greenville city, Mississippi". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Calendar Year 2012 Passenger Enplanements at All U.S. Airports, by State" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. October 30, 2013. 
  8. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. 
  9. ^ Jeter, Lynn (March 26, 2001). "Airports an advantage when it comes to site selection". Mississippi Business Journal. Retrieved 13 July 2016. 
  10. ^ "Boutique Air will begin flying in and out of Greenville on October 1". Delta Daily News. August 12, 2015. Retrieved 13 July 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "Greenville, MS: Greenville Mid Delta (GLH)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), U.S. Department of Transportation. December 2013. Retrieved Mar 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

Further reading[edit]

  • Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-2008-0209) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
    • Ninety-day notice (July 3, 2008): from Mesaba Aviation, Inc. intent to discontinue unsubsidized service between Greenville, Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee effective October 1, 2008.
    • Order 2008-8-23 (August 25, 2008): selecting Mesaba Airlines, Inc., d/b/a Northwest Airlink, to provide essential air service (EAS) at annual subsidy rate of $1,355,693 at Greenville, Mississippi, through September 30, 2010.
    • Order 2010-7-12 (July 15, 2010): selecting Mesaba Aviation, Inc., d/b/a Delta Connection, to provide essential air service at Greenville, Mississippi, at an annual subsidy rate of $1,606,662 thru September 30, 2011, or 180 days after Mesaba informs the Department of the retirement of the Saab aircraft Mesaba proposed for this service, whichever comes sooner.
    • Ninety Day Notice (July 15, 2011): from MESABA AVIATION, INC. and PINNACLE AIRLINES, INC. of termination of service at Greenville, 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.
    • Notice of Intent (April 9, 2014): of Silver Airways Corp. ... to discontinue subsidized scheduled air service between Atlanta, Georgia (ATL) and each of Muscle Shoals, Alabama (MSL), Greenville, Mississippi (GLH), Laurel/Hattiesburg, Mississippi (PIB), and Tupelo, Mississippi (TUP). Silver Airways intends to discontinue this service on July 8, 2014 or such earlier date as permitted by the Department in any final order terminating the eligibility of any of these communities under the essential air service (EAS) program.
    • Order 2014-4-24 (April 22, 2014): prohibits Silver Airways Corp., from terminating service at Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Greenville, Laurel/Hattiesburg, Meridian, and Tupelo, Mississippi, for 30 days beyond the end of the air carrier’s 90-day notice period, i.e. August 7, 2014. We are also requesting proposals from air carriers interested in providing Essential Air Service (EAS) at Muscle Shoals, Greenville, Laurel/Hattiesburg, Meridian, and/or Tupelo.
    • Order 2014-4-26 (April 24, 2014): directing interested persons to show cause as to why the Department should not terminate the eligibility ... under the Essential Air Service (EAS) program based on criteria passed by Congress in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (Public Law No. 112-95). We find that Greenville is within 175 miles of a large or medium hub, Memphis International Airport (MEM), a medium hub, and, thus, is subject to the 10-enplanement statutory criterion. We also find that during fiscal year 2013, Greenville generated a total of 5,836 passengers (inbound plus outbound). Consistent with the methodology described above, that results in an average of 9.3 enplanements per day, below the 10-enplanement statutory criterion necessary to remain eligible in the EAS program.

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