Greenville City Council chooses airline

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Updated: 7/09 4:29 am

GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) — The City of Greenville has chosen Portland, Oregon-based SeaPort Airlines Inc. as its new carrier.

The Delta Democrat-Times reports city council approval came this week after a recommendation from Greenville Mid-Delta Airport Director Draylan Gant.

If approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation, SeaPort will replace Silver Airways, which in April announced it was leaving Greenville, Hattiesburg, Meridian, Tupelo and Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

Gant says SeaPort's federal subsidy requirement was the lowest of the three bidders, at $1.5 million.

The Essential Air Service law requires participating airlines provide at least two flights into and out of certain smaller communities.?

SeaPort says it anticipates fares in its first year of service will generate $484,000 a year, based on 7,502 passengers boarding in Greenville and paying an average fare of $63.

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