Mississippi’s capital city soon will have a nonstop flight to the nation’s
capital via new service from Delta Connection carrier Atlantic Southeast
Airlines . The service was approved today by the U. S. Department of
Transportation. Effective today, DOT has awarded ASA two slots for non-stop service
between Jackson, Miss., and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. The
flights are planned to begin on Feb. 1, 2005.
“Delta looks forward to providing residents of Mississippi’s capital and
largest city with their first non-stop service to metro Washington D.C.,”
said Scott Yohe, Delta’s senior vice president of Government Affairs. “We
are delighted that the DOT has recognized the importance of using these
slots to give medium-sized markets like Jackson more convenient service to
Washington. This award best reflects the goal of Congress to give small-
and medium-sized communities better access to Reagan National Airport. We
are very grateful for the tremendous support from government, business and
civic representatives in Jackson and in the state of Mississippi.”
ASA will offer one flight a day between Washington and Jackson using a 50-
seat Bombardier regional jet aircraft.
Jackson has a metropolitan population of more than 425,000 and is a center
of state government, business and medical science. Jackson boasts a strong
economic base comprised of agribusiness, health care, education, high-tech
industries, manufacturing, shipbuilding, petrochemical and financial
services. The Jackson metropolitan area is home to 21 Fortune 500
companies, headquarters to 32 manufacturing firms and boasts facilities
from 17 international corporations.