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Bland pushing for ExpressJet as new airline for Meridian

MERIDIAN — Meridian Mayor Percy Bland wants Georgia-based ExpressJet to be the new air carrier for Meridian Regional Airport. The recommendation now goes to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Bland was assisted in his selection by a panel of seven community members who studied the proposals. ExpressJet was one of two airlines to submit bids for Meridian’s air service. Silver ...

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Airport lands grants to refurbish 'touchdown zones'

While the news hasn’t been all good recently for Mississippi’s airports, one has landed two separate grants to rework its runways. The Gulfport-Biloxi Airport Authority has received two grants worth $5.5 million from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program for the reconstruction of the runway touchdown zones at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport. The reconstruction of the concrete touchdown zones ...

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FAA awards funding to airports for enhancements

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Federal Aviation Administration is giving 14 Mississippi airports a total of more than $4.8 million to improve safety and operations. Airports at Bay St. Louis, Belzoni, Belmont, Clarksdale, Columbia, Columbus, Corinth, the Golden Triangle, Grenada, Houston, Lexington, Madison, Okolona and Starkville are getting the Airport Improvement Program grants. The largest is $1 million to Golden Triangle ...

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Silver Airways ordered to continue service

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Department of Transportation has ordered Silver Airways to remain in Meridian, Hattiesburg and Tupelo until a replacement airline is found. Transportation officials made a similar announcement last week for Greenville. It announced the order for the other three airports yesterday. Silver Airways began service to those airports in October 2012, following Delta Air Lines’ decision ...

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Bryant declares state of emergency as waters rise

While the storms have finally cleared the state, their aftermath is still being seen. Gov. Phil Bryant has declared a state of emergency in 12 Mississippi counties that have suffered impacts from flooding and severe storms that moved through the state beginning April 3. Chickasaw, Covington, Hinds, Holmes, Jones, Kemper, Marion, Neshoba, Newton, Noxubee, Simpson and Yazoo counties are included ...

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Silver Airways discontinuing Cleveland network, redeploying

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — As part of its plan to strengthen operations, simplify its fleet, increase revenue, reduce costs, and better position the airline for future growth and new markets, Silver Airways plans to exit operations in its Cleveland, Ohio, network and retrain or redeploy its pilots, mechanics and airport team members to operate its core Saab 340B Plus fleet ...

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Silver Airways, union hammer out pilot agreement

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Silver Airways and its pilots, represented by the Airline Professionals Association Teamsters Local 1224 (Local 1224) and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Airline Division (IBTAD), have reached an agreement that will help address pilot shortages at the airline and provide Silver’s pilots with pay increases and quality of life improvements, according to a joint ...

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Mayors ask airline to reduce its service to boost passenger volume

TUPELO — The mayors of two Mississippi cities are asking Silver Airways to reduce its flight schedule at their airports. They said fewer flights mean more passengers on planes flying out of the Tupelo and Greenville airports and give more rest to pilots between flights. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton and Greenville Mayor John ...

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Senators have concerns over airline merger's impact

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) have sent a letter to the Transportation Secretary and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder over concerns about the possible impact in Mississippi by the proposed US Airways-American Airlines merger. Cochran and Wicker wrote: “It is our understanding that the Departments of Transportation and Justice are currently reviewing the proposed ...

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Silver Airways service woes impacting air travel numbers

TUPELO — Commercial air service is no longer a convenient or reliable option for many in Tupelo. And the numbers reflect it. Last year, enplanements — the airline industry’s term for boardings — in Tupelo reached 5,661, a 31 percent drop from a year earlier and the lowest total in at least 28 years at the airport. Since reaching a ...

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