VOL. 129 | NO. 180 | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Southern Airways Moving Hub to Memphis International
By Amos Maki
Southern Airways Express is moving its primary hub from Olive Branch Airport in DeSoto County to a private terminal located at Memphis International Airport.
The move, announced Tuesday, Sept. 16, will be effective Oct. 1 and is the result of customer needs and a recently completed deal with Signature Flight Support.
“What we found in talking with our customers is they wanted a more uniform transportation system and what that means is the ability to transfer between Southern and other national and international flights,” said Southern Airways Express chairman and CEO Stan Little.
All Memphis-area Southern Airways departures and arrivals will use Signature’s private terminal at 2488 Winchester Road, but the jets will utilize Memphis International runways and landing systems, which Little said would allow Southern Airways planes to land in any weather.
The deal also allows Southern Airways to use Memphis International’s code for global ticket distribution, which means Southern Airways tickets will now be available on websites such as Expedia, Orbitz and Kayak.
“We’ll be going live on those sites within the next few weeks,” said Little.
Just like at its current terminal at Olive Branch Airport, Southern Airways passengers will still enjoy 20-minute check-in times, no Transportation Security Administration checkpoints, no bag fees and free parking within 100 feet of the entrance to the departure terminal.
Signature’s terminal at Memphis International was the original terminal for Memphis Municipal Airport, which was built in 1936. The last scheduled airline flight from the terminal was on June 6, 1963 — a Southern Airways flight to Atlanta. The next scheduled airline flight from the Winchester Road terminal will be a Southern Airways flight to Atlanta.
Southern Airways is inviting the public to a reception on Oct. 1 at 11:30 a.m. for the departure of the airline’s first flight from its new home.
Southern Airways will serve Chattanooga and Knoxville; Destin, Fla.; Jackson and Oxford, Miss.; and Atlanta’s DeKalb-Peachtree Airport with nonstop and direct flights from Memphis International, which is the second-highest number of cities served by any carrier at the airport behind Delta Airlines.
Southern Airways tickets are currently available for purchase at iFlySouthern.com.