Passenger airline confirms plans to serve Destin Airport

Published: Friday, May 17, 2013 at 03:26 PM.

“They’re very important locations,” Sisson said. “You can’t turn a corner in the mid-south area of Memphis and not see somebody who either has a condo or has access to a condo down in that area.

“There’s such a need for people in Memphis to have easy access to the Florida Gulf Coast,” he added.

The airline is designed to be year-round, but Sisson said it may cut back on flights in the non-peak season. During the fall, he said it plans to offer college football packages to allow people to fly to Oxford or maybe even Tallahassee for games.

A one-way ticket will range $129 to $249.

Sisson said the airline does not charge baggage fees, and allows each passenger one carry-on bag and a checked bag up to 50 pounds. Each passenger also will get an iPad preloaded with movies, television shows, concerts and albums for free entertainment during the flights.

The airline hopes to begin flights May 29, but that date might be delayed at the Destin Airport. Before Southern Airlines Express can start service, it must submit a sublease agreement with Miracle Strip Aviation, one of the fixed-base operators at the airport.

“I can confirm that Southern Airways Express has been in touch with us about starting service to there, but we haven’t received a sublease agreement that would have to receive board approval,” said Mike Stenson, deputy airports director for Okaloosa County.

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