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Hattiesburg-Laurel airport doubles travelers in first month of new airline

FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport (PIB) has doubled its number of passengers since the arrival of American Eagle.

Tom Heanue, PIB executive director, said 436 passengers booked flights through the airport in the first 24 days of American Eagle service. That number doubled the approximate 200 passengers that traveled during the last few months of Silver Airways service, which did not extend its contract with PIB.

"We need to get folks to just start looking again and start checking the prices out at their regional airport," said Heanue. "They're going to be surprised at how American has been pricing it. Of course, free parking and we're right up the road, you don't have a long drive, and the check-in times are better than Gulfport or New Orleans or Jackson."

American services two flights each weekday, one leaving at 6:25 a.m. and another at 3:40 p.m. Weekend flights depart at 6:25 a.m.

Heanue said he hopes the airport will soon reach 900 or more passengers each month.

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