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Commercial air service returns to Tupelo April 5

TUPELO — City officials and Contour Airlines are giving travelers a sign that commercial air service will soon resume at Tupelo Regional Airport.

WTVA-TV reports Contour flew one of its nine-passenger planes in Tuesday for the public to tour. It’s one of two that will be used when flights start April 5 to and from Nashville.

Contour Airlines CEO Matt Chaifetz says the spare airplane will back up the other airplane operating that day. He says the move will help improve reliability — a frequent complaint from travelers using the city’s last commercial air carrier, SeaPort Airlines.

Contour says it will offer 30 flights a week with $18.99 one-way fares during April to encourage people to try the airline. Those fares increase to $49 one way after April 30.

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