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Mobile Airport Authority Acquires Boykin Tower with Property Purchase

MOBILE, Ala. (July 10, 2024) – The Mobile Airport Authority (MAA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the acquisition of the property located at Michigan Avenue and Interstate 10, previously owned by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Mobile Housing Board (MHB).

The MAA will own 272 acres, including what is known as Thomas James Place and R.V. Taylor Plaza.  This acquisition represents a significant milestone for both MAA and the City of Mobile. MAA will now commission a master plan to determine the best use of this property. This property will well-serve the MAA’s mission and help fund its operations well into the future.

The Mobile International Airport terminal (BFM) project is progressing, with completion anticipated in late 2025 or early 2026.  The terminal building’s steel frame is already prominently visible.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are pleased and excited to have closed this transaction,” said Mobile Airport Authority Chairman Elliot Maisel.  “We owe a debt of gratitude to Michael Pierce, Executive Director MHB; Carlos Gant, Chairman; Mayor Stimpson and the City Council for their support.  We would also like to thank HUD for selling us this property.”

“The purchase of this property is another step toward the completion of our objectives as outlined in the Airport master plan,” said Mobile Airport Authority President Chris Curry. “As an economic engine for the region, revenue generated from this purchase will help to improve our campus and support our efforts to provide premium air service to the customers of our region.”

About Mobile Airport Authority

The Mobile Airport Authority owns and operates Mobile Regional Airport (MOB), Mobile International Airport (BFM), Brookley Aeroplex and St. Elmo Airport generating $2 Billion in economic value for Alabama. Delta Airlines, American Airlines, and United Airlines serve the Mobile Regional Airport, providing direct service to four major hubs: Atlanta, Dallas, Charlotte, Houston, and Washington D.C. MOB is also home to Airbus Space and Defense.

Mobile International Airport (BFM), strategically located near the Port of Mobile, is a vital link to multimodal connectivity, integrating maritime, rail, trucking, and aviation operations. Construction for a new terminal and parking garage at BFM is underway, with anticipated completion in late 2025 or early 2026, coinciding with the relocation of all commercial air traffic in November 2025. Breeze Airways provides nonstop service to Orlando and BreezeThru service to Providence, RI, from BFM. The airport proudly houses the Airbus Final Assembly Line, Airbus Engineering, ST Aerospace, and Continental Motors, showcasing its prominence in the aviation industry.

The Brookley Aeroplex, a thriving industrial complex, supports BFM’s operations, accommodating more than ninety businesses, including supply chain providers and others supporting the transportation industry.

St. Elmo Airport is located about eighteen miles from the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley, primarily caters to corporate and private aircraft needs.