Wicker Working to Improve Air Travel

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker is asking Silver Airways and Delta Air Lines to speed up linking their computer systems to allow customers using the Delta web site to book travel to Tupelo, Greenville, Meridian and Hattiesburg.

Airport managers say the inability to book flights through the site is driving away passengers. Wicker, in a Wednesday letter to the two airlines, says the hassle could further depress air travel to the four cities.

A Delta spokesman says the problem will be fixed by year's end.

A Delta affiliate served the cities from Memphis, but the airline dropped service as part of cuts at the Tennessee hub. Silver contracted to fly between the cities and Atlanta beginning Oct. 1 in exchange for a subsidy from the federal Essential Air Service program.

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