Southwest Pulling out of Jackson

Jackson, Miss.

Southwest Airlines is closing down operations at Jackson-Evers International Airport June 6, 2014.

Southwest began service to Jackson-Evers International in 1997.

Bob Jordan, Southwest's executive vice president and chief commercial officer, says the level of local demand no longer allows Southwest to profitably serve Jackson.

Jordan says Southwest employees will have the opportunity to move elsewhere within the airline, after operations cease next year.

Over the next six months, Southwest will operate its full schedule at Jackson. Southwest provides four daily nonstop departures a day to Chicago (Midway), Houston (Hobby) and Orlando, Fla. The airline employs 31 people in Jackson, according to company figures.

The airline is also pulling out of Branson (Mo.) Airport and Key West International Airport.