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Tupelo-to-Atlanta flight to end next month

TUPELO — Delta Connection’s last direct flight from Tupelo to Atlanta will end Sept. 6.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that starting Sept. 7, Tupelo Regional Airport will have 15 flights weekly thanks to an agreement among the U.S. Department of Transportation, Delta Air Lines and city and airport officials.

On Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, Delta will offer three departures and arrivals between Tupelo and Memphis; on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, two flights; and on Saturdays and Sundays, one arriving and departing flight.

TRA executive director Josh Abramson says the days with three flights are the most heavily traveled in Tupelo.

Officials say Delta will be paid $921,000 through the federal Essential Air Service Program, through May 31, 2012.

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