Meridian, Miss. Silver Airways says it will discontinue flights to and from Meridian in 90 days in an effort to reduce costs and strengthen operations.
Meridian Airport Authority President Tom Williams says the news really comes as no surprise to him. In fact, he tells Newscenter 11 he is already seeking an airline that meets all of Meridian's needs, including being able to fly the military. Williams says 47 percent of the flights to and from Meridian were canceled last month.
"Well, actually I was able to talk with Silver just before we started this interview," William explains. "And they told me that this is a way to start the clock running. In other words, it starts the process in the Department of Transportation to begin bidding for new service."
However, Williams says the Department of Transportation can order Silver Airways to stay in Meridian until another airline is found. William tells us he expects that to happen.
Flights to and from Greenville, Laurel-Hattiesburg, and Tupelo will also be discontinued. Silver began serving Meridian in October 2012 after Delta Airlines ceased operations in the Queen City.