Meridian Regional Airport new air service

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The president for the Meridian Airport Authority announced a new additional service that's set to come for local travelers.

The new service includes an additional hub added to its commercial flight schedule. This means passengers will have the option to fly to Dallas-Fort worth or to Chicago which includes non-stop flights.

"I think that the most important thing is that it gives us better connections to the east coast, but also a small airport with jet service with two hubs, Dallas and Chicago, is huge. It's almost unprecedented. Only one other airport in the United States has something even close to this," said Williams.

Williams says this new option will create economic benefits for the city of Meridian. He feels that it's a plus for every city involved in their daily flights.

"There are so many businesses that are located in Dallas, or located in Chicago. That being able to have nonstop service to both I think just opens the door for a lot more industrial development and growth of this whole region," says Williams.

Meridian Mayor Percy Bland expressed how he's excited to see the continued growth expected to come to regional airport.

"We've come a long way from 2014. When we were looking for a carrier and now to have American, the number one, largest airline in the world being here in my hub to have trouble now going to the west coast to Dallas-Fort Worth and to Chicago O’Hara is big," says Mayor Bland.

The airport will now grow to two flights a day, 7 days a week, as they continue to provide options for people looking to fly locally.

The Meridian Regional Airport opened in 1930. Its 10,000 square foot runway is the longest commercial runway in the state. It has about 85,000 commercial and military aircraft operations per year.