MGM Receives $2,576,658 from CARES Act Airport Grants Program

MGM Receives $2,576,658 from CARES Act Airport Grants Program

(Montgomery, Alabama) – On March 27, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was enacted to provide nearly $10 billion in relief to airports throughout the United States.  The aviation industry has been particularly hard hit by the global pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), with a projected loss of more than $13.9 billion in airport revenue this year.  This federal CARES support package will provide critically needed funding to assist airports with maintaining operations and personnel and with meeting bond obligations.

The U.S. Department of Transportation/Federal Aviation Administration (DOT/FAA) has released details of the CARES Act Airport Grants program, which will award relief funds to the Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM) and other airports in Alabama and across the nation.  MGM will receive a grant award of $2,576,658.

“Without doubt, our airport has felt the shuddering financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  MGM continues to experience steep declines in revenue from the loss of passengers, as well as devastating drops in parking, concessions and rental car revenue,” said Marshall Taggart, Jr., Executive Airport Director.  “In addition to our careful stewardship of existing resources, the CARES Act grant will help MGM mitigate losses sustained since the outbreak began. We are so thankful to the President, our congressional delegation, the Department of Transportation and the FAA for their leadership in providing relief to MGM and the entire aviation industry.”

MGM will use the additional federal funds to continue safe aeronautical and non-aeronautical operations; maintain heightened safety and sanitation procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19; and retain jobs to protect its workforce and the vital services provided to the River Region.

“We remain vigilant in our efforts to maintain excellent service at MGM, even in these trying, unprecedented times.  MGM has served this region for generations.  We’ve weathered other challenges and storms, and we plan to be here for generations to come.  You can count on MGM to be actively engaged in the recovery of our community and our industry,” Taggart said.

MGM Director Joins Leadership of Aviation Council of Alabama

MGM Director Joins Leadership of Aviation Council of Alabama

Marshall J. Taggart, Jr. Elected to Board of Directors

(Montgomery, Alabama) – Members of the Aviation Council of Alabama (ACA) have elected Montgomery Regional Airport’s (MGM) Executive Director Marshall J. Taggart, Jr., C.M. to serve on the prestigious Council’s Board of Directors.

The ACA held elections during its annual Alabama Airport Conference and Membership Meeting hosted in Birmingham, Alabama on October 13-15, 2019. 

Taggart will bring nearly two decades of industry experience to this new role.  He will serve on the ACA’s legislative and membership/public relations/marketing committees.

The Aviation Council of Alabama is a leader in the support of Alabama’s airport system, which includes 96 public airports.  The ACA works to elevate and expand the state’s aviation industry, offering education, advocacy and professional networking resources.

The ACA Board includes a cadre of accomplished airport directors from around the state.


Montgomery Regional Airport to Hold Full-Scale Disaster Exercise on Wednesday, October 30

Montgomery Regional Airport to Hold Full-Scale Disaster Exercise on Wednesday, October 30

(Montgomery, Alabama) – The Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM) will hold a full-scale disaster exercise on Wednesday, October 30 to test and evaluate its established protocol and response for aircraft incidents and emergencies on airport property.

The disaster exercise will include the participation of MGM staff and tenants; the 187th Fighter Wing of the Alabama Air National Guard; and several local law enforcement agencies, including the Montgomery Police Department, Montgomery Emergency Communications Center, Montgomery Fire/Rescue and Montgomery City/County EMA. 

The training exercise brings together critical stakeholders to collaborate and prepare for response and recovery to comply with the highest Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety standards.

The FAA and Transportation Security Administration will also participate in the exercise.

Travelers and area residents should not be alarmed, as this two-hour exercise is a simulated drill to ensure continued readiness for airport emergencies.  Normal airport operations will continue, and no delays or disruptions to travel are expected.

Montgomery Regional Airport currently offers non-stop flights to Atlanta, Georgia (ATL); Charlotte, North Carolina (CLT); Dallas, Texas (DFW); and Washington, D.C. (DCA).   MGM serves the region with daily flights by American and Delta.  For more information on the airport, visit


MGM To Open TSA PreCheck Blended Lane Screening

MGM To Open TSA PreCheck Blended Lane Screening

(Montgomery, Alabama) – Starting on October 15, Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM) will offer the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) PreCheck amenity for passenger screening.  The TSA PreCheck program expedites security screening for passengers who apply and successfully complete a background check.

On Tuesday, MGM and TSA will roll out new screening lanes at the security checkpoint.  Screening will be expedited for crew members and passengers whose boarding passes indicate their pre-approved TSA PreCheck status.

“We’re excited to bring TSA PreCheck to MGM,” said Marshall J. Taggart, Jr., Executive Airport Director.  “Our business and leisure travelers alike, have asked for this service.  We’re listening and working hard to deliver a world-class customer experience to our passengers.  This is an important step in continuing to move MGM forward.”

Tammy Knight Fleming, Board Chair, added, “Business travel is so important to the growth of our airport, and the availability of an expedited screening experience is important to travelers who frequently fly MGM.   Having the TSA PreCheck program at MGM strengthens our commitment to provide safe, seamless and convenient travel.”

TSA PreCheck members will not have to remove:

  • Shoes and belts;
  • Laptops;
  • Light jackets; or
  • Compliant liquids and gels from carry-on bags.

In coming months, MGM will offer on-site enrollment for the TSA PreCheck program as an added convenience.  For complete information on TSA PreCheck and program enrollment, travelers should visit TSA’s website at

Montgomery Regional Airport currently offers non-stop flights to Atlanta, Georgia (ATL); Charlotte, North Carolina (CLT); Dallas, Texas (DFW); and Washington, D.C. (DCA).  MGM serves the region with daily flights by American and Delta.  For more information on the airport, visit


REAL ID Deadline Approaches

MGM Joins TSA in Encouraging Passengers to Secure REAL IDs for Air Travel in 2020

The Countdown to the Federal Compliance Deadline Has Begun

(Montgomery, Alabama) – The Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM) is joining the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in the effort to remind air travelers to ensure identification compliance with the federal REAL ID Act of 2005.

Starting October 1, 2020, travelers presenting state-issued driver licenses and identification cards will be required to ensure identification is REAL ID compliant in order to enter airport screening checkpoints to board domestic aircraft.  REAL ID-compliant cards are generally marked with a star located in the upper portion of the card. Other forms of valid TSA identification, including U.S. passports, will continue to be accepted.

For Alabamians, the state’s STAR ID is compliant with all requirements of the federal law.  The STAR ID is currently available only at Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) driver license exam offices.

The State of Alabama requires applicants for the STAR ID to provide four documents to verify identity.  For complete instructions on the STAR ID application process, Alabama travelers should review the online resource page, or directly contact ALEA’s Department of Public Safety.

Because temporary driver’s licenses are not TSA acceptable forms of identification, travelers should allow sufficient time to receive their REAL ID cards prior to the October 1, 2020 deadline. 

In the coming months, as the countdown to the REAL ID deadline continues, MGM will endeavor to increase awareness among the airport’s passengers and visitors.

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F-35 Public Meeting

The Air National Guard is holding a public hearing at Montgomery Regional Airport on August 29 on the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) concerning the deployment of the F-35 at MGM. An open house will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and a formal presentation will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the first floor rotunda and conference room. Further details can be found at this link.

MGM Expands Business Travel Options

MGM Expands Business Travel Options
American Airlines Will Offer Non-stop, Same-day Service to Reagan National Airport in 2020

(Montgomery, Alabama) – Starting January 7, 2020 American Airlines will offer a new schedule for same-day, return flights between Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM) and Reagan National Airport (DCA).

A welcome addition for business travelers, American began non-stop service from MGM to DCA in June 2018.  The airline’s current flight patterns typically require passengers to remain overnight, before returning to Montgomery.   The new schedule offers even greater flexibility for corporate customers who can depart on an early morning flight and return home in time for the nightly news.

“When we announced the non-stop service to Washington, D.C. last year, we were confident that the flights would perform well.  Today, we are pleased that MGM travelers can continue to enjoy access to our nation’s capital with the added convenience of returning home to Montgomery later on the same day,” said Tammy Knight Fleming, Montgomery Airport Authority Chair.
Executive Airport Director, Marshall J. Taggart, Jr., explained, “This flight is a milestone in providing a full day trip option for the government, business, and military traveling public.  Our air service development is aggressively pursuing more ways to connect the airport to the region.”

The non-stop, same-day flights from MGM to DCA are currently available for purchase at  The schedule for these flights, will be effective for travel beginning next year, on Tuesday, January 7, 2020.

Departure Airport Departure Time Arrival Airport Arrival Time
MGM 6:11 AM DCA 9:17 AM
DCA 7:10 PM MGM 8:19 PM

* All times listed are local

Montgomery Regional Airport currently offers flights to Atlanta, Georgia (ATL); Charlotte, North Carolina (CLT); Dallas, Texas (DFW); and Washington, D.C. (DCA).   MGM serves the region with daily flights by American and Delta Airlines.  For more information on the airport, visit


MGM Builds for the Future

MGM Builds for the Future

New Taxiway Project to Complete Airfield Improvement Enhancements

(Montgomery, Alabama) – Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM) officials announced today that they are preparing to enter the final phase of several projects on the airfield.

The recent $935,112 Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will fund improvements to MGM’s main taxiway, Taxiway Alpha.  Upon completion, the Montgomery Regional Airport Authority will have refurbished all paving surfaces, a long-range project implemented almost 10 years ago.

Major improvements are planned on the east side taxiway including milling, three-inch paving and upgrades to create a new surface. Montgomery Regional Airport, Executive  Director, Marshall J Taggart, Jr. said, “The upgrades to our aviation infrastructure will provide MGM with a competitive advantage in luring additional carriers. Taxiway Alpha enhances our airfield and completes the last round of significant improvements made over the past decade.”  Taggart added, “We are poised to begin serious conversations to attract additional air service to our airport.”

With the $935,112 AIP Grant, MGM has invested more than $33 Million in airport development projects.


Montgomery Regional Airport currently offers flights to Atlanta, Georgia (ATL); Charlotte, North Carolina (CLT); Dallas, Texas (DFW); and Washington, D.C. (DCA).   MGM serves the region with daily flights by American and Delta.  For more information on the airport, visit

Travel Safely on July 4th

As we celebrate Independence Day with family and friends, let’s keep safety front and center.

While preparing your luggage for a flight, remember that fireworks are hazardous and are not allowed on aircraft. Fireworks are not allowed in carry-on baggage nor packed luggage. There are also other items that are used every day that are considered hazardous when brought on airplanes. For a Safe Start, Check the Chart!

Flying a drone?

While you’re enjoying your drone during the holiday, know that it is not a great idea to capture firework activity with your drone.

There’s a new law (PDF) that describes how, when, and where you can fly drones for recreational purposes.

Here are general guidelines for people flying drones:

  • Don’t fly your drone in or near fireworks
  • Don’t fly over people
  • Don’t fly near airports

To learn more about what you can and can’t do with your drone go to or download the B4UFLY app for free in the Apple and Google Play store.

About those laser pointers…

It’s baffling but people actually point lasers at aircraft. That activity creates a serious safety risk to the pilot. It is illegal to shine lasers at aircraft and in many instances people can face federal charges.  Save yourself the legal trouble and lose the laser. If you witness someone aiming a laser at an aircraft, you’re encouraged to report the incident. Enjoy the July 4th holiday weekend!

Via Airlines to End Regional Service to MGM

Via Airlines to End Regional Service to MGM

(Montgomery, Alabama) –Florida-based, Via Airlines will not resume seasonal operations at Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM).  Via has announced that it will discontinue much of its commercial service across the country and return to the airline’s charter business model.

MGM began offering Via flights to Orlando Sanford International Airport in May 2018.  Passenger travel increased and demand continues for regional service from MGM to the popular destination.   The airport will continue its efforts to increase routes and options for vacation and business travelers, including the Orlando market.

Customers who purchased tickets or have itineraries for future flights on Via Airlines, must directly contact the airline, or call 1-407-499-4992.

Montgomery Regional Airport Welcomes New Executive Director

Montgomery Regional Airport Welcomes New Executive Director

Marshall J. Taggart, Jr. to become airport executive director on May 15

(Montgomery, Alabama) – The Montgomery Airport Authority is pleased to announce the selection of Marshall J. Taggart, Jr., C.M. as the incoming director of the Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM).  He will assume the top airport leadership role effective May 15, 2019.

Mr. Taggart comes to the River Region as an accomplished airport industry leader, with nearly two decades of experience in the aviation industry.  Prior to joining the MGM team, he served as the Deputy Airport Director of DeKalb Peachtree Airport (PDK), the second busiest airport in the state of Georgia. At PDK, his leadership responsibilities included: operations, security, facilities, maintenance, and the successful administration of more than $42 million in construction and airfield projects including, Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS), the first of its kind implemented in the state.

Taggart’s career success also includes, private industry experience as the National Director for Airport Business Development for MediaShift, Inc.  He also previously managed Tallahassee Regional (now International) Airport as its Deputy Aviation Director where he led efforts to bring in new air service, as well as managed all commercial development. His aviation background also includes progressive roles in areas of business development, marketing, planning and real estate, and concessions management at Chicago Midway (MDW), Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta (ATL) International Airports.

He is an engaged contributor and professional member of the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC), Airport Council International (ACI), the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), and the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA).

The Montgomery Airport Authority selected to hire Mr. Taggart during its April board meeting.  Board Chair Tammy Knight Fleming remarked, “The Board conducted a national search focused on identifying the right leader to innovate operations and continue recent growth, and we are excited by the outcome.  Mr. Taggart was selected by a diverse committee, made up representatives from the local and business communities, as well as leaders in the aviation industry.  He brings a wealth of experience to MGM, and we look forward to supporting his vision for the airport.”

Mr. Taggart responded. “I am honored and humbled to serve in this position as MGM’s next Executive Director. I personally believe that an airport is the official calling card to your city because it gives travelers the first and last impression of what your city has to offer. Our MGM employee team, along with the MGM Board look forward to introducing our theme to move the airport to even higher heights by launching: “Moving MGM Forward – VISION 2025.

Taggart holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and master of public administration degree from Clark Atlanta University (CAU). He is currently completing his dissertation for his doctorate in political science with dual concentrations in Urban and U.S. politics from his alma mater. Marshall and his wife Sherri, also a CAU alumna, have two adult children.


Montgomery Regional Airport currently offers flights to Atlanta, Georgia (ATL); Charlotte, North Carolina (CLT); Dallas, Texas (DFW); Orlando/Sanford, Florida (SFB); and Washington, D.C. (DCA).   MGM serves the region with daily flights by American and Delta and seasonal service by Via.  For more information on the airport, visit


Montgomery Regional Airport Shows Strong Start in 2019

Montgomery Regional Airport Shows Strong Start in 2019

February Showed More Than 28% Increase in Travel Compared to Last Year

(Montgomery, Alabama) – Traffic is on the rise at the Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM) as passenger numbers continue to increase.   In the first two months of this year, MGM served a total of 55,167 passengers, up 28.2% from the number of passengers served during the same period in 2018.  

Earlier this year, the Montgomery Airport Authority announced an 11% year-over-year increase in total passengers from 2017 to 2018.  Of the most recent data gains, Montgomery Airport Authority Chair Tammy Knight Fleming remarked, “It is certainly encouraging to see this calendar year start with strong growth.  Our goal is to continue this trend.  More travelers means MGM becomes more competitive in pursuing opportunities to increase seats, flights and ultimately destinations for the region.” 

MGM remains successful in meeting the consumer demand for an increase in seats.  Carrier operations at the airport also improved in February by 20.8%, calendar year-to-date.  This increase was bolstered by the number of passengers utilizing seats added in 2018 for new flights on existing routes and to new destinations.

Montgomery Regional Airport currently offers flights to Atlanta, Georgia (ATL); Charlotte, North Carolina (CLT); Dallas, Texas (DFW); Orlando/Sanford, Florida (SFB); and Washington, D.C. (DCA).   MGM serves the region with daily flights by American and Delta and seasonal service by Via.  For more information on the airport, visit


Year-End Passenger Traffic Up More Than 11%

Passenger Numbers Increase as Montgomery Regional Airport Flies High

Year-End Passenger Traffic Up More Than 11%

(Montgomery, Alabama) – The Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM) has announced that 338,920 passengers traveled through the airport in 2018, an 11.3% increase from traffic during the previous year.

The rise in passenger count, more than 34,000 travelers, marks important progress in ongoing efforts to continue airport growth, specifically the attraction of new customers and the addition of services.  “We’ve been hard at work to ensure MGM is the airport of choice in this region,” said Montgomery Airport Authority Chair Tammy Knight Fleming. “Efforts will continue to accelerate this growth and identify new opportunities to enhance the convenience of flying from our hometown hub.  We want to thank the local community and passengers in the River Region for their support.”

MGM’s passenger growth has been supported by a number of enhancements:

  • Increased air service, adding affordable flights to new destinations, Washington D.C. – Reagan National Airport (DCA) and Orlando, Florida – Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB);
  • Expanded existing air service with American Airlines’ addition of a third daily flight to Dallas, Texas – Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW);
  • Improved passenger experience through facility investments, including a new exterior entrance to general aviation and an updated interior, featuring new charging stations; faster, free wi-fi, kids play areas and wayfinding signage;
  • Added passenger amenities to increase airport accessibility with convenient wheelchair and skycap services; and,
  • Opened Runway 28, a new restaurant and bar, serving passengers and the local community and new retail operations, including a convenient coffee shop with books, magazines, gifts and travel essentials.

“It’s an exciting time at MGM.  This news reminds us that both our airport and our region are growing.  More people are choosing MGM, and more travelers are also choosing the Montgomery area as a destination,” said Bob Hendrix, Airport Director.  “We are relentlessly pursuing a culture of excellence in customer service, and each day, we’re working with our airline partners and vendors to improve the passenger experience.  There’s much more in store in 2019.”


Winter Weather Advisory

Due to Winter Storm Jayden, travel to and from Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM) may be impacted. Passengers are encouraged to frequently check on the status of their flights, before heading to the airport.

MGM will update this page with information received from the airlines. However, airlines should be contacted directly for the latest information.

Delta Airlines has issued the following advisory on Atlanta Winter Weather:

Winter weather in the Atlanta area may impact travel to/from/through the destination(s) listed below. Check flight status frequently for up-to-the-minute information about your flight plans, or get updates sent directly to your mobile device or by email with One-Time Flight Notification.  To provide you with flexibility for your travel plans, we’re offering you the following options to choose what best fits your travel needs. In the event your selected flight is canceled by Delta, we will contact you with additional information.

  1. Remain on your flight. We recommend you continue to monitor your flight status for the most up-to-date information using My Trips on or on the Fly Delta app.
  2. Change to a different flight. If you select this option, you may make a one-time change and we will waive any applicable change fee.*  To change your flight, visit My Trips on and click on “Modify Flight”.
  3. You may choose to cancel your trip, and use the value towards a future flight. 

Statement on Passing of Board Member Gregory Calhoun

Released: October 11, 2018


Chairwoman Tammy Fleming’s Statement on the Passing of Gregory Calhoun
Made on Behalf of the Montgomery Airport Authority


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (October 11, 2018) – “The members of the Montgomery Airport Authority are deeply saddened by the loss of fellow board member, Gregory Calhoun. His long-standing service and commitment to the Montgomery Regional Airport have been instrumental in the airport’s development and growth. Mr. Calhoun was not only a tremendous asset to our Board, he was a treasured business leader in this community. He will be missed.”



Hurricane Michael Advisory

Because of Hurricane Michael, airlines are likely to cancel many flights in the direct path of the storm and the surrounding areas. Flights that are not canceled may be delayed. Once Hurricane Michael makes ground fall, airports may be listed as “open” but flooding on local roadways may limit access to airports for passengers, as well as the employees who work for the airlines or at the airport. As a result, every aspect of your trip to the airport, including parking, checking in, getting through security and boarding may take longer than usual.

As always, check with airlines about the status of your flight before you leave for the airport.  Major carriers provide flight status updates on their website:

Please continue to check the status of your flight with your airline, not the Airport. You can also check the status of some major airports in the storm path by visiting, which is updated regularly. You can also check current travel advisories provided by most U.S. airlines.

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May 2020 Meeting Summary


Finance & Administration Committee Meeting 5/20/20 at 11:00 AM

Topic: Finance & Administration Committee Meeting

Time: May 20, 2020 11:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

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