OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. (AP) — David Taylor, Olive Branch airport manager for 30 years, is retiring after a successful career at one of the busiest runways in Mississippi.
The 65-year-old Taylor tells The Commercial Appeal (http://bit.ly/VSkBYQ ) is looking into another job option. His plans aren't yet set, but September is booked for relaxation.
Taylor had a front-row seat on Olive Branch's growth explosion, with the airport as a key player.
The 6,000-foot runway was 2,000 feet shorter when Taylor was hired by Belz Enterprises, the airport's owner, in 1984. The then 11-year-old airport had two hangars and 27 airport-based planes. Belz had acquired the airport a year earlier.
The airport today is home to 56 hangars and 160 airplanes. Last year, the airport recorded 70,000 takeoffs and landings, making it busier than Jackson.
Information from:The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com