Mixed Reactions as Delta Leaves Meridian

With Silver Airlines starting air service soon, some passengers were surprised to hear that long-time Meridian passenger provider Delta was pulling out of the Queen City. Some people welcomed the change, but others were upset. I spoke with two passengers who had very different views on the lower fares.

"Well based on the information I have on it, it doesn't sound like it's going to be anything different than possibly a financial improvement because it's going to cost half the fare."

"I'd rather get the miles and if you're going into another airport you may have to go through another line of security."

The change is also bringing jet service to an end. Silver will use turbo-prop planes, and while some don't think the change in aircraft will present a noticeable difference, others think this is a plane downgrade and could cause inconvenience.

"Turboprops are very reliable and have a tremendous safety record, and that's what you're primarily concerned about. Speed difference between here and Atlanta shouldn't be much different as far as the time involved."

"Everybody knows in the Southeast in the summertime we have the cumulus clouds down here. If you're in a prop plane, they have to go a long way around the weather, or if they try to go through it, it's an uncomfortable flight."

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