- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 28, 2014

GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Transportation has approved Oregon-based Seaport Airlines to offer service between Greenville and Memphis, Tennessee.

The Delta Democrat-Times reports (https://bit.ly/1td6w4N ) the airline hopes to start flying by Thanksgiving.

SeaPort replaces Silver Airways which announced it was ending service to four Mississippi cities. It departed Greenville for the last time on Sept. 30.

SeaPort began service in Tupelo on Monday and will also serve Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

SeaPort executive vice president Tim Sieber says the airline will hire six people in Greenville.

SeaPort will be flying nine-passenger, single-engine Cessna Caravans on 18 weekly round trips between Greenville and Memphis.

The federal government, under terms of its two-year contract with the airline, will provide Seaport with an annual subsidy of $1.48 million.

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