SeaPort Airlines will offer 18 flights a week between Greenville and Memphis starting Jan. 12, the Portland, Ore.-based carrier announced earlier this month.
Greenville has been without scheduled commercial flights since Sept. 30, when Silver Airways stopped its service due to Greenville’s Mid-Delta Airport’s loss of a federal subsidy.
SeaPort is offering a special fare of $39 from Greenville through Feb. 28. The return fare will be $34.50 from Memphis during that period, said airport interim director Lane Rodgers. After that, the one-way fare will start at $39, Rodgers said, adding that the planes will be a nine-seat Cessa turboprop.
Silver Airways halted service to Tupelo on Oct. 26, and to Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Aiport and Meridian Regional on Nov. 5.
American Eagle took over service, offering 50-seat jets, at Meridian and Hattiesburg-Laurel without any interruption of service.
SeaPort began providing flights in and out of Tupelo on the Cessna nine-seaters on Oct. 27.
Small-market airports rely on Essential Air Service grants. The airline industry was deregulated in 1978. Since then, carriers have been free to choose markets they feel would be most profitable.
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