Gulfport-Biloxi Airport Back in Business for All Airlines

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) -- Four airlines at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport have resumed operations.

The first airline to resume commercial flights, Northwest, started Sept. 8, and the fourth, Continental, started flying again Monday. The volume of flights are at least half of what it was before Hurricane Katrina hit, said Bruce Fallic, the airport's executive director.

Fallic said the airport did suffer some damage. The eastern edge of the main building took the hardest hit from the storm, he said.

Gates 5 and 6 are still closed and may not be opened for a while. The damage to the gates and the difficulty in making sure security and other terminal operations were working are the reasons service is down to 10 flights a day coming and going.

''All flights are full,'' Fallic said. ''We need more flights.''

There were 21 flights a day before the storm, Fallic said.

Katrina has not stopped the airport's planned expansion, but work has been pushed back a few months, Fallic said.

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