- Associated Press - Thursday, August 13, 2015

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - The Tupelo Airport Authority has voted to ask SeaPort Airlines to voluntarily withdraw its service.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1DMf9ML) Thursday the board has been looking for a way out for several months after the airline’s poor record with late and canceled flights.

But because the contract is between the U.S. Department of Transportation and the airline, the board must formally request the airline to end the service.

Assuming SeaPort will follow through with the request, the U.S. Department of Transportation will set in motion a plan that in theory allows for an orderly transition.

SeaPort is receiving a federal subsidy through the Essential Air Service program of $2.5 million a year to provide service from Tupelo to Memphis and Nashville, but reliability has been its biggest drawback.

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Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, http://djournal.com

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