Mobile International Airport wins FAA safety award

Coast Guard and local emergency officials teamed on training for landing and rescue operations in the waters of Mobile Bay

Simulated rescue operations helped win major safety award for local airport.

Mobile International Airport has been awarded the Southern Division 2021 Air Carrier Safety Award by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Mobile International Airport (BFM) is the new name for the downtown airport at Brookley, which is slated to become the major commercial facility for the Mobile area in the next few years.

The award was based on a major training exercise conducted last fall, airport officials said.

The Full-Scale Triennial Exercise, which simulated landing and rescue operations in Mobile Bay, included participants from the city of Mobile, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Mobile County Emergency Management Agency. The event tests notifications, response times, rescue operations and other safety issues.

“The Mobile Airport Authority is extremely proud and honored to receive this recognition from the Federal Aviation Administration,” said Chris Curry, Mobile Airport Authority president. “Safety is our first and foremost priority, and I am very proud of our team’s work to ensure our airports are safe and secure.”

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In addition to commercial service provided by Delta, American and United air lines to hubs in Atlanta, Dallas, Charlotte and Houston, Mobile is home to the only Airbus final assembly line in the U.S., as well as Airbus Engineering, Airbus Space and Defense, ST Aerospace and Continental Motors, plus several support firms.

The new location at Brookley field will allow the international airport to provide not only passenger service, but also a link among maritime, rail and trucking services centered on the Port of Mobile.

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