U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Bob Corker (R-TN) today announced that the Department of Transportation has decided to support non-stop air travel between Jackson, TN, and Cincinnati, OH, through the Essential Air Service program. Currently, Regions Air services Jackson through St. Louis, MO, but industry re-alignment has limited the number flights departing the Jackson Area to St. Louis. This new service will allow travelers to easily connect in Cincinnati, where Delta Airlines operates its major hub.
“This is good news for Jackson,” said Senator Alexander. “More flight options mean better travel opportunities for businesses, private citizens, students and tourists, and I’m pleased the Department of Transportation has provided this incentive to increase flight options for West Tennesseans.”
“This improved air service for Jackson is important not only for leisure travelers in need of better connections, but also has tremendous positive economic impact, making Jackson and West Tennessee even more attractive to business and industry prospects interested in making investments in this part of our state,” said Senator Corker.
Senator Alexander and Senator Corker wrote a letter in support of Jackson’s application to Department of Transportation Secretary Mary Peters. With the Essential Air Service program, a direct connection from Jackson to Cincinnati on Big Sky Airlines will allow Tennesseans more options when considering air travel arrangements.