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Southwest Airlines pulling out of Jackson

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Southwest Airlines will cease operations in Jackson in June of 2014. The Airline is also pulling out of Branson Airport and Key West International Airport.

Southwest began operations to Jackson-Evers International in 1997.

"We appreciate the sixteen year relationship that the airport, City of Jackson and the State of Mississippi enjoyed with Southwest and its employees," said Jackson Municipal Airport Authority CEO Dirk Vanderleest. "Recognizing during difficult economic times, business plans need to be adjusted to ensure the highest levels of success, we understand that this choice was difficult but necessary."

"Unfortunately, the level of local demand no longer allows Southwest to profitably serve these markets," said Bob Jordan, Southwest's Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. "Southwest takes pride in becoming not only a great choice for air travel in the cities we serve, but we also become a member of the community. These decisions are never easy."

Over the next six months, Southwest will operate its full schedule and there will be no disruption to reservations for travel through June 6, 2014.

There are 37 Southwest employees at the Jackson-Evers International airport.  

All are being offered positions in other cities with the airline.

Southwest will cease Jackson operations June 7.

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