Hancock County, MS | P.O. Box 2267 Bay St. Louis, MS 39521 | 706 Highway 90 | Waveland, Mississippi 39576 | Toll Free: 800.558.1658  | Phone: 228.467.9231 | Fax: 228.467.9341
FacebookTwitterLinked In

Stennis International Airport and United States Air Force partner for Joint Use Agreement

December 2, 2020

The Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission has entered into an agreement with the United States of America for joint use of Stennis International Airport for military training purposes. The agreement runs through September 2021 and includes a payment of approximately $1.1 million by the United States Government to cover the costs of operating and maintaining the airport with respect to the substantial use of the airport.

Chanse Watson, airport director, said the joint use agreement covers the United States Air Force’s substantial use of Stennis facilities, primarily for conducting nighttime exercises which requires the airport to provide enhanced fire protection services as well as cover associated airfield maintenance expenses. “The 403rd, a C-130J wing out of Keesler AFB will schedule these training exercises with our office and in turn, we will ensure all appropriate fire services are scheduled and the airfield is ready to serve as host for their training needs. Such operations are normally scheduled during the nighttime hours for minimal impact to other airport customers,” he said.

Watson said the airport remains open to all customers even when military training is taking place. “The military has been an excellent partner to general aviation here and works very well with all customers visiting or based at Stennis International Airport,” he said. “This is one of many of the unique operations that occur at Stennis, alongside with our recent efforts to promote all modes of aviation including general aviation, by our recent announcement of recruiting a Part 141 flight school operator ,” he said. “Now we have two flight schools on the field to allow Stennis International Airport to serve as a training gateway to Hancock County and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.”

For More Info: 14054 Fred & Al Key Road
Kiln, Mississippi 39556 (228) 467-9231
Map14054 Fred & Al Key Road
Kiln, Mississippi 39556
Toll Free: 800.558.1658
Hancock County, MS
14054 Fred & Al Key Road
Kiln, MS 39556
Toll Free: 800.558.1658
Phone: 228.467.9231
Fax: 228.467.9341

Site Selection

Sites and Buildings

Port Bienville Industrial Park

Stennis International Airport

Stennis Space Center

Key Industries in Hancock County

Hancock Video Tour


Regional Maps


Workforce Development


Foreign Trade Zone

Taxes and Incentives



Hancock County Demographics

P-12 Education

Higher Education

Quality of Life

Commercial Realtors

County Website



Success Stories

Media & Reports


Board of Commissioners


Commission Meetings

Public Service Announcements

Doing Business with HCPHC

Financial Overview


Site Selection