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Posted on: May 1, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Mississippi Aviation Month

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The City of Olive Branch recognizes Mississippi Aviation Month. Originally adopted in 2011 by the State Legislature through the passage of HC 124, Mississippi’s annual Aviation Month recognizes the impact of our state’s airports and aviation industry.

The City of Olive Branch Airport (OLV) has been in operation since 1972 and is one of the busiest airports in the State of Mississippi - proving to be an incredible asset to DeSoto County. It is the only airport in DeSoto County and directly supports all of North Mississippi and the Memphis Metro area. In 2022, the Olive Branch Airport had a total of 85,247 daily flight operations; surpassing the 2015 daily flight operations record by over 10,000 operations. The Olive Branch Airport offers full-service fueling, aircraft parking, a passenger terminal, aircraft maintenance, a 6,000’ x 100‘ runway with ILS/GPS approach capabilities and a control tower for safer operations .

“Several billions of dollars are generated by Mississippi’s airports every year in direct and indirect economic benefits,” says Tom Heanue, Mississippi Airports Association President. “Our airports are vital contributors when it comes to recruiting industry, creating jobs and enhancing the state’s position in the global marketplace.”

Mississippi is home to 80 airports – 74 public and 6 private. Seven offer commercial service. In the most recent economic impact study for the Mississippi Department of Transportation, an economic impact of more than $2.5 billion was revealed, and 20,025 jobs were traced to the state’s aviation sector. In addition to channeling business travel, tourism and commercial cargo, airports also benefit major state industrial sectors such as agriculture, aerospace manufacturing and oil and gas. They also enhance quality of life through support of emergency services like law enforcement and air ambulance and by supporting military operations and aviation-related education.

Mayor Ken Adams and the Board of Aldermen are committed to growing the Olive Branch Airport which boosts the local economy while training future military and commercial aviation professionals.

To learn more about the City of Olive Branch Airport and the City of Olive Branch, please visit

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