ExpressJet seeks Laurel/Hattiesburg and Meridian subsidies

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ExpressJet Airlines has submitted an application for federal subsidies to support new service between Dallas/Fort Worth International airport and both Laurel/Hattiesburg and Meridian, Mississippi.

The SkyWest Airlines-subsidiary would operate 12 flights per week in a circle pattern between the three cities on 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200s under the American Eagle brand if its application is selected by the US Department of Transportation (DOT), according to a recent regulatory filing.

ExpressJet is requesting a $7.8 million two-year essential air service (EAS) subsidy for the proposed service.

The flights would connect to Oneworld alliance carrier American Airlines’ global network.

Silver Airways provides EAS-subsidised flights to Laurel/Hattiesburg and Meridian from Atlanta Hartsfield International airport. It intends to end the service on or around 7 September, according to regulatory filings.

The Fort Lauderdale-based regional carrier launched service to the two cities in October 2012. However, it was never able to finalise a codeshare agreement with Delta Air Lines to feed traffic to the routes over Atlanta.