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Southwest Airlines Leaves Jackson for Good Saturday

JACKSON, Miss.- You can catch your last flight with Southwest Airlines this Saturday. Southwest Airlines will no longer fly out of Jackson after this weekend.

The Airport Authority said Southwest made up about 10 percent of the flights out of the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport.

Southwest Airlines announced in December of 2013 that they would be pulling service out of Jackson in June.

In a press release a company spokesman explained the reason.

“These decisions are never easy. Unfortunately, the level of local demand no longer allows Southwest to profitably serve these markets,” said Southwest’s Chief Commercial Officer Bob Jordan.

Airport Authority chairman James L. Henley Jr. told WAPT, “The other airlines have stepped up to the plate to do what’s necessary to accommodate our passengers and we’re continuing to grow.” They hope to have a new airline to replace Southwest’s departure soon.

Because of Southwest’s move out of Jackson, United is adding additional flights and Delta has gone to bigger planes to make up lost flights.

Southwest started service in Jackson in 1997 and will fly out of the Capitol city for its last time Saturday at 7 p.m.

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