Title VI

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits the discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, sex or national origin in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.  Specifically, Title VI provides that ‘no person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, creed, color, sex, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.  In addition, the Department is dedicated to maintaining compliance with language access requirements to ensure effective communication with limited English proficient (LEP) individuals as required by Executive Order 13166.

Find Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport Authority’s Title VI Plan here

Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport’s efforts to prevent discrimination include, but are not limited
to prohibiting:

  • The denial of services or other benefits provided under a program.
  • Distinctions in the quality, quantity, or way the benefit is provided.
  • Segregation or separation of persons in any way.
  • Restriction in the enjoyment of any advantages, privileges, or other benefits provided to others.
  • Different standards or requirements for participation.
  • Methods of administration which directly or indirectly or through contractual relationships would defeat or impair the accomplishment of effective nondiscrimination.
  • Discrimination in any employment resulting from a program or services, the primary purpose of which is to provide employment.

Upon receipt of a complaint, the Title VI Coordinator will determine the following:

  • The completeness of the complaint form.
  • If the complaint meets the submission time requirements.
  • If additional information is required.

The Title VI Coordinator, after having received the complaint, is responsible for notifying the respondent(s) of receipt within seven working days, as well as whether the complaint is accepted or not accepted. If the complaint is not accepted, the complainant will be notified of the reason(s).

All complaints shall be investigated and addressed, with a formal written response provided within 30 days of the date the complaint is received, in attempts to resolve it at the lowest possible level.

If the complainant disagrees with the conclusion of the investigation, the complainant may appeal in writing to the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport Executive Director. The written appeal, including all arguments, evidence, and documents supporting the appeal, must be received within fourteen (14) business days of the decision letter. The Executive Director will issue a final written decision in response to the appeal within thirty (30) business days. The Executive Director’s decision is final.

Any person believing they have been subjected to unequal treatment or discrimination on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, excluded from, denied participation in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise has been subjected to discrimination, may file a complaint with Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport’s Title VI Coordinator.  This process applies to all complaints filed under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

This is an administrative process that does not provide for compensatory or punitive damages. These complaint procedures with Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport do not deny the right of the complainant to file formal complaints with other State or Federal agencies.

Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport will review these complaints to determine if they can be
resolved informally.

To be accepted, the complaint must:

  • Be based on discrimination as described above.
  • Be filed within 180 days of the alleged discrimination (or at the time the complainant became aware).
  • The original complaint may be submitted in writing, via email or fax. It should be submitted to the following coordinator. If assistance is required to complete the form, please call (228) 863-5951 

Attn:  Title VI Coordinator
Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport
14035-L Airport Rd.
Gulfport, MS 39503
Email: gpt@flygpt.com
Fax: 228-863-5953

The complaint should include the name, address, phone number and signature of the complainant. The formal complaint should describe the alleged discriminatory act that violates Title VI in detail.

These complaint procedures do not deny the right of the complainant to file formal complaints with other State or Federal agencies.

A complaint may be filed directly with the Office of Civil Rights:
Federal Aviation Administration
Office of Civil Rights, ACR-1
800 Independence Ave, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20591