Gulfport Biloxi International adds summer flights

(Source: MGN Online)
(Source: MGN Online)

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport is adding more flights during the busy spring and summer months. The executive director at the airport says it is all about supply and demand.

"American Airlines is adding an additional flight, which means they will now have four flights daily," Clay Williams told WLOX News.

But it's not just American adding flights. Delta has scheduled another flight, which will be early in the evening hours. Delta now has six flights a day leaving Gulfport-Biloxi.

U.S. Air is upgrading two of their three aircraft. They will go from a 50 seat regional jet to a 67 seat regional jet.

This isn't unusual. The airlines have done this before during the busy spring and summer season. Williams said it is possible some of the additional flights might continue well past the summer. That decision will be up to the respective airlines.

"If the passenger demand is there, it could continue on. So we want to encourage people to use our local airport," Williams said. "The more people who fly out of here, the better opportunity we have to sustain these additional fights year round."

Williams calls this another sign that Gulfport-Biloxi International is doing things right, and the airlines are noticing.

"Anytime that you have additional capacity added to your market, anytime there are additional flights added, that means the airlines are looking at you favorably and that is what you want."

The airport is also trying to convince one of the major carriers now serving Gulfport-Biloxi to offer direct service to Washington D.C.

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