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Mayors ask airline to reduce its service to boost passenger volume

airplane-landing_rgbTUPELO — 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 Cox have written letters to Silver requesting a reduction in flights.

Silver Airways, based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has been providing service between Greenville, Tupelo and Atlanta since October 2012.

Tupelo Regional Airport executive director Josh Abramson said the airline has agreed to look at the proposal.

Abramson said new regulations for commercial pilots requiring them to have more rest time between flights has stretched an already-thin piloted fleet in Silver. A reduced schedule — from 36 round-trip flights a week to 24 — would relieve Silver’s pilot.

“At this time, 24 reliable flights are a far greater benefit to the community than 36 unreliable flights,” he said.

The proposed new schedule would keep the overnight flight pairing that starts in Greenville early in the morning and returns to Greenville late in the evening.

The new schedule would operate only one midday round-trip flight on an Atlanta-Tupelo-Greenville-Tupelo-Atlanta routing. Service would be twice a day on that schedule Monday-Friday, with one trip on that routing each Sunday and Monday.


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