Press Release – January 25, 2013

SETX Flights to DFW taking off!

Beginning February 14, 2013, Southeast Texans will be able to fly direct from Jack Brooks Regional Airport to Dallas/Fort Worth, where they can connect to over 180 destinations.

American Airlines (AA) representatives have been touring Southeast Texas to create awareness about the return of AA to Jack Brooks Regional Airport. The representatives have also been touting a rewards program that offers double miles for the first few months of service, if you join the free AAdvantage program available at AA.com.

Alex Rupp, manager at Jack Brooks, says that the convenience alone is worth getting excited about but also stresses that flying from Southeast Texas, “saves time, involves less stress, helps reinvest in our local community, and puts less wear and tear on your car.” Also, he adds, parking at Jack Brooks is free.

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Press Release – December 15, 2012

Jack Brooks teams up with e.Sullivan Advertising & Design.

Jack Brooks Regional Airport has teamed up with e.Sullivan Advertising & Design to launch a new advertising campaign to promote the upcoming American Airlines nonstop service between Southeast Texas and AA’s hub in Dallas/Fort Worth. The advertising campaign educates and informs, while harnessing the excitement of this turning point in Southeast Texas travel options. See more of the campaign on e.Sullivan’s websitethe e.Sullivan Facebook page or the Jack Brooks Regional Airport Facebook page.
e.Sullivan Advertising & Design Airport billboard
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History of The Airport

History of The Airport

Originally named Jefferson County airport, this facility has served area residents since the World War II era. Jefferson County Commissioners purchased land to build the airport in 1941, and its development, which included three runways, a taxiway system and apron facilities, began the following year, with initial construction completed in early 1944. Eastern Airlines conducted the first scheduled flight in March of that year. During the War, the airport also served U.S. Marine Air Corps Dive Bomber Squadron No. 931 as a base for advanced training. Pilot trainees used floating targets in the Gulf of Mexico off Sabine Pass for gunnery and dive-bombing practice.

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Jack Brooks Biography

Jack Brooks Biography

Congressman Jack Brooks (D-Texas) – Biography

Congressman Jack Brooks, one of the longest serving members of the House of Representatives from Texas, earned national recognition for his major contributions to civil rights legislation, his dogged protection of civil liberties, his role as a watchdog over government spending and operations, and his part in the impeachment proceedings of President Richard M. Nixon. A lifelong Democrat with a reputation for straight talk and extensive constitutional and legal knowledge, Brooks represented the Second Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives from 1953 through 1966 and the Ninth Congressional District from 1967 through 1995. He served for more than fifteen years as the dean of the Texas congressional delegation.

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Economic Boom?

Economic Boom?

Southeast Texas is enjoying yet another boom  in the petro-chemical industry, with several billion dollar projects underway and planned for the next 10 years. Along with the current and projected employment increases have come hundreds of new retail outlets and restaurants to further diversify the economy. Additional areas of growth have been in healthcare, with two new hospitals, research and development; food processing, tourism, aircraft and metals and construction.

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Effort to rename regional airport takes off

An effort to rename the Southeast Texas Regional Airport received a big lift Monday.

Jefferson County Commissioners Court approved a resolution to rename the airport after Jack Brooks. Brooks represented this area in Congress for more than 40 years. He and his wife live in Beaumont.

Commissioners approved the resolution after hearing from attorney Hubert Oxford III. Oxford spoke before commissioners two weeks ago and again Monday, urging support for the renaming.

He says Brooks helped this region in more ways than can be counted, including playing an instrumental role in the creation of Lamar University, a flood control levee in Jefferson County, DD6, Lake Sam Rayburn and civil rights legislation.

Oxford says in the two weeks since he first spoke about the proposal at Commissioners Court, he’s received a number of phone calls from people telling him how Jack Brooks changed their lives.

The FAA must also approve the name change.

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Story originally appeared on KFDM.com – KFDM 6 News.

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