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Oxford airport gets new carrier with an old name

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Updated: 6/14/2013 9:00 am
OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA)-- Southern Airways Express announced that it will begin offering flights out of the University Oxford Airport.

You may recall the old Southern Airways stopped offering flights from Oxford 35-years ago.

'We're going to start flying out of here in about a week," said Stan Little, Southern Airways CEO.

Little made it official Wednesday that Southern Airways was open for business at Clegg Field.

"I think it's going to be great for Oxford. Oxford needs something to get people to where they need to go," said Ron Kitchens of Oxford.

Tickets for the service are on  sale right now for non-stop flights to places like dowtown Destin Florida and Panama City.

Those flights will virtually be available any day of the week.

Officials also say a flight to Lakefront Airport in New Orleans will be available by the end of the month, and it will be available year-round. 
          
"Little Panama City is probably going to be seasonal service from here. But, the good news is that when the seasonal service ends that gives us an opportunity to bring in other routes for Oxford and we have been looking at a lot of them," Little continued.
              
That could mean Atlanta, Nashville, Jackson, and Gulfport.

Little also says his planes will be put to good use during Ole Miss home football games. 

In fact, there will be flights throughout the weekends out of New Orleans, Gulfport, and Destin.

The Cessna 208 can seat nine people very comfortably.

We are also told there will be flights throughout the southeast with reasonable rates. 
              
Southern Airways officials say flight prices will range from $249 to as low as $18 for the Sunday night red eye starting June 30.

"I think that we are the business model that is going to be copied very much," said Flight Captain Bob Ecton.

Company officials say that Southern Airways Express is the only service of its kind offered in the country.


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