Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Public invited to reception for new airline at Tupelo Regional Airport

The airline providing air service between Tupelo and Nashville will have a press conference Tuesday at the Tupelo Regional Airport. Contour Flight logo A reception will follow, and the public is invited to attend. 

 Contour Airlines will reveal its full schedule, when the service begins,  ticket prices and other details. Scuttlebutt suggests service could begin as early as two weeks from now, but we won’t know for certain until Tuesday’s announcement.

Company parent Corporate Flight Management will be flying one of its nine-passenger, twin-engine Jetstream planes for the public to see for the first time at Tuesday’s event, which begins at 5:30.

Earlier today, the airport board spent an hour to approve a lease with CFM/Contour. The company is leasing a little less than 2,000 square feet at the terminal and will be paying roughly $2,500 a month.

The schedule for service between Tupelo and Nashville will include five flights daily on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; four flights on Tuesday; three flights on Saturday and four flights on Sunday. The times of those flights will be released at Tuesday’s press conference.

The company will be paid for the Tupelo-Nashville service through the federal Essential Air Service program, which will pay the airline $4,292,405 a year for two years.

http://bizbuzz.djournal.com 

 

 TUPELO – The All-America City’s newest airline is providing the details of its service at a reception today at the Tupelo Regional Airport.

Contour Airlines will reveal its flight schedule, when the service begins, ticket prices and other details at the meeting at the airport terminal, starting at 5:30 p.m.

Corporate Flight Management of Smyrna, Tennessee is the company providing air service through its branded airline, Contour.

Contour will be flying one of its nine-passenger, twin-engine Jetstream planes for the public to see at tonight’s event.

The company says it will keep another plane as a spare in Tupelo as it flies between here and Nashville 30 times a week.

“I think people will be very surprised and very happy,” said Tupelo Airport Authority member Jim Newman when asked about the service and prices. “We’ve got a good airline and I hope the city comes out and supports it.”

The airline essentially serves as an air taxi, ferrying passengers between Tupelo and Nashville. Passengers must still book separate tickets through a major airline like Delta and Southwest to continue flying beyond Nashville.

But Newman said Nashville International is the fourth-fasted growing airport in the country and “you can just about fly anywhere in the world from there.”

On Monday, the airport board spent an hour to discuss and approve a lease with CFM/Contour. The company is leasing a little less than 2,000 square feet at the terminal and will be paying roughly $2,500 a month.

The company will be paid for the Tupelo-Nashville service through the federal Essential Air Service program, which will pay the airline $4,292,405 a year for two years.

https://djournal.com

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