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Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport's expansion ready for increase in tourists

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The cold and rough winter experienced by many Americans these past few months only means that these "winter warriors" are ready to travel.

The Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport is ready to handle the influx of traffic.

Visitors to the modern airport will appreciate the recently completed terminal expansion, and locals are making use of the new parking garage.

Terminal Expansion

The terminal expansion at Gulfport-Biloxi is now complete and the cost was $51 million. A "passenger facility charge" will be placed on passenger's tickets, but the expansion means two new gates, a larger baggage claim area, more efficient security areas and room to add two more airlines to the airport.

This current expansion project expanded the airport terminal area from 92,000 square feet to 165,000 square feet. A lot more room for passengers.

The last expansion to the airport was completed in 1997.

Parking Garage

For those parking at the airport, the new parking garage cost a total of $15 million, but it now offers three levels and room for 800 cars.

Locals will continue to have quick access to the airport from the new garage.

The terminal came in handy during March's 2014 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic presented by C Spire. This is a PGA Champions Tour event that draws thousands to the area not only to watch the golf, but play golf, gamble and vacation.

Golf is big business in Mississippi.

Six Mississippi golf courses made Golfweek’s annual “Best Casino Courses” list.

Per the Mississippi Development Authority, the courses, with their affiliated casino resorts and rankings are listed below:

No. 2: Fallen Oak (Beau Rivage Resort & Casino)
No. 27: The Preserve Golf Club (Palace Casino Resort)
No. 30: Grand Bear Golf Course (Grand Biloxi Casino Hotel & Spa)
No. 33: Dancing Rabbit Golf Club, Azaleas Course (Pearl River Resort)
No. 40: Dancing Rabbit Golf Club, Oaks Course (Pearl River Resort)
No. 50: The Bridges Golf Course at Hollywood Casino (Hollywood Casino)

The Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic was held at Fallen Oak, and Mississippi is one of two states with more than five courses making the prestigious list. Mississippi was behind only Arizona (eight) and ahead of Nevada and California in claiming the most top-50 spots.

For golfers, Mississippi offers more than 170 courses offering a variety of price points and opportunities for all levels to enjoy the sport of golf. The courses have been designed by world-class architects such as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Jerry Pate, Tom Fazio and others.

For gamblers, Mississippi remains the third-largest gaming destination in North America.

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