MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - In a few months, flights to Dallas and Chicago will be leaving Meridian Regional Airport at different times. Planes to Chicago will leave in the mornings, with planes traveling to Dallas in the early evening.
“I think it’s going to give better accessibility to the east coast for people in East Mississippi, you’ll leave Meridian at about 7 and get to Chicago about 9:30, which will connect very well going to the East Coast to get you there earlier than you could today,” says Tom Williams, the president of the Meridian Airport Authority. “Dallas is still a good hub later in the evening, so flying into Dallas later in the afternoon or early evening still has good connections east to west and can get you where you need to go; so Skywest thinks this is going to be an improvement for us.”
The schedule changes will start on May 4th. At that time, an additional flight to DFW will be added.
“We’ll have non-stop to and from Chicago, we’ll have a non-stop to and from Dallas, and then one shared flight through Hattiesburg to Dallas, that’ll be a one-stop,” Williams explains. “So it’ll improve our non-stop availability out of Meridian beyond where we are now.”
Having an extra flight to Dallas that does not stop in Hattiesburg will mean more open seats for Meridian passengers.
“Right now, we have one departure to Dallas a day, and it’s shared,” Williams says. “So in the future, we’ll have two departures to Dallas, one shared, one not shared; so it’ll increase the number of seats available and leaving Meridian later in the day.”
From Meridian Regional Airport (MEI), flights to Chicago O’Hare (ORD) will depart at 7:07 a.m. and arrive at 9:32 a.m.
From MEI, one flight to Dallas (DFW) will depart at 5:42 p.m. and arrive at 7:39 p.m.
The other flight from MEI to DFW will leave at 6:40 p.m., make a stop in Hattiesburg (PIB), and arrive at DFW at 9:41 p.m.
Flights from DFW to MEI will leave at 3:36 p.m. and arrive at 5:17 p.m.
Flights from ORD to MEI will leave at 4:09 p.m. and arrive at 6:15 p.m.