GPT launches new TSA PreCheck® enrollment initiative for departing travelers on May 26th, just in time for Memorial Day weekend!

Did you know that in April 2022, 94% of TSA PreCheck passengers waited less than five minutes in the security screening line?

IDEMIA is excited to bring convenient TSA PreCheck enrollment to travelers. Taking five minutes or less, and with no appointment needed, this special initiative for departing travelers allows them to enroll in TSA PreCheck at the airport as they fly out on their next trip. Once approved, they can then enjoy a smoother screening process at airport security. Look for the IDEMIA TSA PreCheck Enrollment Ambassadors, and make sure you bring your photo ID and proof of citizenship (i.e., passport, birth certificate) or proof of lawful permanent residency. For extra speed and convenience, complete the online application before your trip.  

What is TSA PreCheck?

The TSA PreCheck program was created in December 2011 as a way to provide low-risk travelers with a smoother experience at the airport security passenger checkpoint. The program is open to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, as well as members participating in Trusted Traveler Programs like Global Entry, NEXUS and SENTRI. The TSA PreCheck program is a great option for frequent travelers looking to save time during the airport security process. Enrolled members can travel with ease with no need to remove shoes, laptops, 3-1-1 liquids, belts or light jackets.  They can also access dedicated screening lanes at participating U.S. airports nationwide. 

What is GPT Offering to Travelers?

GPT is one of the first airports to offer the new TSA PreCheck enrollment initiative. It will allow travelers to enroll in TSA PreCheck as they depart for their trip with no need for an appointment. 

Just in time for Memorial Day Weekend, this initiative will be available from May 26 through June 6. IDEMIA TSA PreCheck Enrollment Ambassadors will be stationed throughout the airport with carts equipped to enroll passengers in TSA PreCheck. 

  • Start Date: Thursday, May 26, 2022

  • End Date: Monday, June 6, 2022

Hours of Operation

Look for the roving TSA PreCheck Ambassadors who will be enrolling near Level 1 Ticketing and Level 2 Security Checkpoint at the following hours:

Thursday 5/26: 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Friday 5/27: 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Saturday 5/28: 5:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Sunday 5/29: 5:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Thursday 6/2: 5:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Friday 6/3: 6:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Saturday 6/4: 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Sunday 6/5: 6:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Monday 6/6: 6:00 AM – 2:00 PM

This new, simplified initiative delivers TSA PreCheck enrollment in five minutes or less, and most passengers will receive their Known Traveler Number (KTN) within three to five days, and in most cases, just in time for their return trip.

What to Expect During the TSA PreCheck Application Process

The enrollment process is quick and convenient.  The traveler can enroll at the airport simply by stopping by the IDEMIA TSA PreCheck enrollment cart. No appointment needed!

Enrolling at the airport is even faster if the traveler applies online beforehand. TSA PreCheck enrollment requires proof of identity, proof of citizenship (forms of identification can be located here: proof of citizenship), fingerprint and photo capture. There is an $85 enrollment application fee, which covers five years of participation, if approved.

Click here if you wish to start the application process before arriving at GPT.

For more information on TSA PreCheck, please visit https://www.tsa.gov/precheck

 

Allegiant’s Orlando Service Returns to GPT

GULFPORT, Mississippi. Feb. 16, 2022 — Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) announces new nonstop seasonal service to Sanford, Fla. via Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport (GPT) beginning May 18, 2022 and operating through the summer.

“We’re excited to offer this service to travelers who are planning their summer getaways,” said Drew Wells, Allegiant’s senior vice president of revenue and planning. “The Gulf Coast has a vibrant culture which makes it a popular destination, offering vacationers everything from beautiful beaches to outdoor leisure activities. We think travelers will enjoy our affordable, nonstop flights that get them to their destinations without the hassle of layovers or connections.”

The new seasonal flights operate twice weekly, on Wednesday and Saturday, between Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) and Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport. Flight days, times and the lowest fares can be found only at Allegiant.com.

The route will also be an opportunity to introduce vacationers to leisure activities in the Sunshine State.

Allegiant offers a unique option to Gulfport-area travelers with low base fares and savings on rental cars and hotels. Travelers can book their entire vacation with Allegiant for less.

“Having low-cost air service from Allegiant helps to enhance the growth of Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport and Mississippi Gulf Coast tourism attractions. We are pleased south Mississippi residents will again have the ability to easily access the many, exciting tourism offerings in and around Orlando and greatly appreciate Allegiant flying from our market,” said Clay Williams, Executive Director at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport.

Rental Car Parking Upgrades In Progress

Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport is working to upgrade the rental car parking area. The area is being expanded with additional parking and resurfaced with an added entrance and exit for ease of use. This project is partially funded through MDOT’s Multi-Modal Transportation Improvement Program. We are excited to continue working to improve passengers’ airport experience. 

New Nursing Room Amenity

Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport is thrilled to offer a new amenity to our passengers in time for the busy holiday travel season. Our new Nursing room provides mothers with a private, quiet and clean area to feed their infants.

The room is located post security checkpoint on the second floor. It is stocked with comfortable chairs, plenty of counter space and outlets, as well as access to a sink. There is also a FIDS monitor so that anyone using the nursing room can monitor their flights.

A New Face for Your Arrivals, Departures & Baggage

The Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport has completed installing new Flight Information Display (FIDS) software and hardware systems to provide an even more enhanced passenger experience. Find the new and updated screens at check-in counters, arrival and departure boards, boarding gates and baggage claim. This project was funded by a $288,500 grant through the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP).

GPT Resumes Operations Following Hurricane Ida​

GPT Resumes Operations Following Hurricane Ida

Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport is open following Hurricane Ida. Delta, American, United and Sun Country have all resumed operating flights to and from GPT. Passengers are encouraged to continue checking with their respective airlines for potential schedule updates. 

GPT Concludes 15-year Noise Mitigation Program

The Gulfport-Biloxi International airport has recently concluded its 15-year Noise Mitigation Program. This noise abatement project was designed to minimize the impact of aircraft noise from the airport onto its surrounding homes, apartments and a school through sound insulation and easement acquisition. It was funded through a combination of federal FAA grants as well as State and Airport matches.

As a result:

  • Homes Sound Insulated – 790
  • Apartments Sound Insulated – 18
  • Schools Sound Insulated -1
  • Parcels Acquired – 10
  • Avigation Easements – 311

Program Funding:

Total Program Dollars From 2005-2020 = $42,454,070

  • FAA Federal Grants – $39,889,682
  • State Match – $1,282,194
  • Airport Match – $1,282,194
 Click on the image below to view the interactive project map.

GPT Announces New Director of Finance

GULFPORT, Miss. – Kim Banisch has joined the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport as Director of Finance. Banisch is responsible for directing and managing all airport financial and administrative activities.

Banisch holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in accounting from the University of Southern Mississippi. She previously served as a Certified Public Accountant for Alexander, Van Loon, Sloan, Levens & Favre, PLLC in Gulfport, where she was a member of their tax department and IT team. Banisch has over 27 years of accounting experience in other industries such as healthcare, education and music entertainment.

Banisch is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Mississippi Society of CPAs and 2019 Gulf Coast Business Council Masters Class. She serves as President of the Gulf Coast Chapter of the Mississippi Society of CPAs and a member of the University of Southern Mississippi School of Accountancy’s Advisory Board.