Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Airport chief retiring

GULFPORT, Miss. -- Longtime Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport executive director Bruce Frallic is retiring in August. He served in his current position for 26 years and during that time guided the airport through the advent of the casino industry, the downturn in travel after 9/11, the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the rebuilding that followed. The growth of South Mississippi as a casino destination brought a 400 percent increase in passenger boardings in the 90s, according to airport records. Frallic began his aviation career in 1967 in the Marine Corps. Of his 45 years in the aviation industry, 40 have been in commercial and airport management. Frallic also has worked at airports in Pensacola, Fla., and Hattiesburg, Miss. (Source: Sun Herald, Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, 04/18/12)