Today, the United States Department of Transportation informed Congressman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) that Silver Airways, formerly Gulfstream International, will provide Essential Air Service (EAS) to Mid-Delta Regional Airport in Greenville, Mississippi.
"During my meeting with Secretary Ray LaHood in January of this year, I expressed the critical impact that the EAS program has on the economy of Greenville, Washington County, and the rest of the Mississippi Delta," Thompson said. "I am glad that the Secretary listened and responded with today's announcement. With daily commercial air service to one of the world's largest airports, Hartsfield-Jackson (Atlanta), Mississippi Delta residents will be a short plan ride away from hundreds of destinations throughout the world. The leadership team at Mid-Delta Regional should be commended for the tireless effort that they put into this endeavor."
Greenville will receive 18 weekly round trips over a Greenville-Tupelo-Atlanta routing. The service will use 34-passenger Saab 340 aircraft.
The EAS is a Department of Transportation program that subsidizes air carrier service to small and, in some cases, isolated communities. The EAS program provides subsidies to air carriers for providing service between selected small communities and hub airports. The program was originally established in 1978 as part of airline deregulation to ensure a minimum level of air service to smaller communities that might otherwise lose service because of economic factors.