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Congressman Bennie Thompson

Representing the District of Mississippi

Congressman Thompson Supports USDOT EAS program for Greenville Airport

June 29, 2017
Press Release

Congressman Thompson Supports USDOT EAS program for Greenville Airport

Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced that Boutique Airlines has been re-selected to provide Essential Air Service (EAS) to the Mid-Delta Regional Airport in Greenville, Mississippi.

Congressman Bennie G. Thompson is in full support of the USDOT’s continuous support in providing travel services to the Mississippi Delta.

“I have met with federal officials on numerous occasions to express the need to maintain commercial air service through the Essential Air Service program for the people of Greenville and the Mississippi Delta,” Thompson said. “With the program supporting 12 weekly nonstop round trips to Nashville International Airport and 6 weekly nonstop flights to Dallas/Fort-Worth International Airport, Mississippi Delta residents will continue to have a convenient option to travel to destinations both near and far.”

The EAS is a Department of Transportation program that subsidizes air carrier service to small and, in some cases, isolated communities. The EAS program provides subsidies to air carriers for providing service between selected small communities and hub airports. The program was originally established in 1978 as part of airline deregulation to ensure a minimum level of air service to smaller communities that might otherwise lose service because of economic factors.