Big Changes Coming for Meridian Regional Airport

Come October First, Delta Airlines signs will be replaced with ones from Silver Airlines. Earlier this spring, the Delta Pilot's Union decided to drop the number of 50 seat jets they use, the kind that fly into and out of Meridian, so Delta decided not bid on a new service contract. Tom Williams with the Meridian Airport Authority says Silver stepped in and is excited to take over, and is working hard to accommodate the people of Meridian.

"Silver is a small airline. There are not that many employees so it's easy to get their director of marketing or planning director. It's easy to get people on the phone and work with them, and frankly we haven't been able to do that with Delta for years."

Airport officials believe that this new partnership will benefit every passenger that walks through this terminal.

"Well I think the big change people will notice is airfare. The prices are going down from Meridian to Atlanta. Silver's opening airfare will be $99 one way, so it'll be about $200 round-trip to Atlanta."

Since Silver is a smaller airline, many people haven't heard of it before. It started out in the 1980's under the name Gulfstream International, and has since re-branded itself as Silver. Instead of jets, they will use Saab twin turbo prop planes that seat about 35 passengers and Williams wants to assure everyone that this is a top-notch airline.

"They've been around a long time, they have a good safety record, so we're very comfortable with Silver serving Meridian, and think it's going to be a good thing for Meridian."

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