Airport Board Votes on New Carrier
Airport authority members made their choice on which airline they want to continue air service at McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport. Members chose Seaport over Air Choice One to take over air services at the airport once Tennessee Skies leaves. Airport leaders said Seaport will fill a high demand in the area, providing 18 flights to Memphis and Nashville. However, the final decision is up to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Airport management said if Jackson is to ever have an air service again, the time to act is now. “Hopefully, a new company will come in here,” said Steve Smith, executive director of the Jackson-Madison County Airport Authority. “They will understand what we are up against that this may be our very last chance to have commercial air service in Jackson.” Leaders told 7 Eyewitness News there is no time line set for the decision to become final. However, they expect to hear something in the next two weeks.