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Airline trimming Jackson-to-Houston flight

JACKSON — Southwest Airlines is dropping one of two flights between Jackson and Houston, Texas, on June 1. Dirk Vanderleest, chief executive officer of the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority, tells The Clarion-Ledger that the discount airline will drop its 2:10 p.m. flight, leaving it with just two — a 6:45 a.m. flight and another at 6:20 p.m. Vanderleest says Southwest ...

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Airport, ex-director settle lawsuit just before trial

TUPELO — A lawsuit against the Tupelo Regional Airport Authority has been settled just days ahead of the scheduled trial. Chief U.S. District Judge Michael P. Mills dismissed a suit by Reid Dawe, a former director of operations at Tupelo Regional Airport. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Dawe claimed his rights were violated when he was demoted. Dawe resigned in ...

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Airport tower manager, crew to be out of work

TUPELO — Despite a temporary reprieve, Doug Metz and his four co-workers still face unemployment. Metz is the air traffic control manager at Tupelo Regional Airport, where the tower is among 149 across the country being closed by the Federal Aviation Administration on June 15. An air traffic controller with more than 30 years of experience, Metz has been working ...

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Officials vow flights will continue even if funding is cut

COLUMBUS — Officials with the Golden Triangle Regional Airport say commercial flights will continue despite the possibility of federal funding for the airports’ air traffic control tower being cut. The Federal Aviation Administration announced last week it would be shutting off staff funding for seven air traffic control towers in the state and 180 nation-wide, as part of an effort ...

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Expert again warns city of dropping traffic at airport

TUPELO — An airline industry expert has renewed warnings to Tupelo officials that the local airport could lose federal subsidies if the number of commercial air travelers remains low. The comments from Mike Mooney of Sixel Consulting Group came during a meeting that gave stakeholders in the Tupelo Regional Airport a chance to get a progress report on operations, finances ...

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FAA spending cuts has airport towers closing next month

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Seven air traffic control towers in Mississippi are among 173 scheduled to be closed nationwide in early April, as the Federal Aviation Administration shuts off funding for those services. The shutdowns are part of the FAA’s move to reduce spending by $600 million under automatic federal budget cuts known as sequestration. They affect mostly small- and medium-sized ...

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Airport control towers facing shutdown from budget cuts

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Automatic federal budget cuts could shut down control towers at as many as seven Mississippi airports. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood warned of the closing of 100 airport towers at airports that have 150,000 flights or fewer each year if automatic federal spending cuts take effect March 1. The Federal Aviation Administration says that among the airports ...

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Airlines line up for rights to Georgia service

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Four airlines are vying for the chance to provide passenger flights from Macon, Ga.’s airport to Atlanta and possibly other cities. The Telegraph reports that the four airlines have submitted bids to the U.S. Department of Transportation, which subsidizes Macon flights under the federal Essential Air Service program. Authorities say the lowest bid came from Minneapolis-based ...

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Silver Airways flights finally added to Delta's website

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Silver Airways flights to three Mississippi cities now appear on Delta Air Lines’ website, and programmers are working to include flights to Greenville. Steve Bennett, a spokesman for Silver Airways Corp. of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., said the changes were made by Thursday. Silver began flying from Atlanta to Greenville, Hattiesburg, Meridian and Tupelo this fall when Delta ...

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Delta cutting flights to Southern cities, including Jackson

JACKSON — Delta Air Lines is cutting flights from Memphis International Airport by 18 percent. The reductions will also affect airports in Nashville, Knoxville and other Southern cities, including Jackson. Delta spokesman Anthony Black told The Commercial Appeal those flights being dropped weren’t profitable because passenger demand was slack. He said Delta would reduce the frequency of flights between Memphis ...

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