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Small Portland Airline Picked To Provide Southeast US Flights

AP | July 9, 2014 1:39 p.m.

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The Tupelo Airport Authority Board of Mississippi has chosen Portland-based SeaPort Airlines for local passenger service.

A SeaPort Airlines plane.

A SeaPort Airlines plane.

SeaPort Airlines

If approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation, SeaPort will replace Silver Airways, which in April announced it was leaving the region.

Tom Sieber, SeaPort Airlines’ executive vice president, says the Cessna Grand Caravan the company uses can seat nine people, in addition to a pilot and co-pilot.

Tupelo Airport Authority board members say SeaPort is offering 12 weekly round-trips to Memphis and 18 round-trips to Nashville for a federal subsidy of $2.5 million.

Tupelo Airport Executive Director Josh Abramson says if the government approves SeaPort, then flights will most likely begin in October or November.

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