Momentum strengthened significantly last week in efforts to achieve both the long– and short-term development goals of Tupelo Regional Airport: guarantees of adequate service by Delta Air Lines and its partners — and the eventual lengthening of the airport’s runway to serve heavier loads and bigger aircraft.
A joint press release bore the names of U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran, Roger Wicker, and 1st District U.S. Rep. Travis Childers — bipartisan backing for service guarantees under the Essential Air Service program of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Earlier in the week, the Tupelo City Council and the Tupelo Airport Authority tacitly reached detente about the joined issues of lengthening the airport’s runway and the possible relocation and/or alteration of West Jackson Street, including a possible tunnel under a restricted zone.
Those developments indicate that necessary conversation among leaders in unofficial settings produced an understanding that Tupelo must move forward in unity if it is to move forward at all.