By Dennis Seid/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Silver Airways will begin service between Tupelo and Atlanta starting Oct. 1, as originally planned.
And after a month-long delay, online ticketing finally is available.
Silver is taking over service from Delta Air Lines, which has been making the route between Tupelo and Memphis that will continue through Sept. 30.
Passengers going to the airline’s website at gosilver.com looking to book a flight after Oct. 1 to Atlanta will be directed to call Silver’s reservations number at (800) 499-7450.
Soon, online reservations through Silver will be available, however.
Tupelo Regional Airport Executive Director Josh Abramson said it may be more convenient for now to book flights on online travel site kayak.com (which pulls information from several online sites) or any other online travel sites.
Passengers should note that getting a flight through Silver will see the reservation made through Island Air. The reason is that Silver has an agreement with Island Air for access to the airline industry’s global distribution system. A passenger’s itinerary will say “Island Air,” but Silver Aircraft – in this case, Saab 340 turboprops – will be used.
Abramson said the process was similar to what’s going on in Tupelo now. Passengers fly on Pinnacle Airlines, which has a codeshare with Delta, and their reservations will say “Delta.”
“So, Island Air is to Silver what Delta is to Pinnacle,” he said.
A quick check of a round-trip flight leaving Oct. 1 and returning Oct. 5 showed available departure times from Tupelo at 7:10 a.m., 1:35 p.m., 4:35 p.m., with the lowest-price round-trip fare of $212.
The return flight showed flights leaving Atlanta at 10:15 a.m., 1:10 p.m. or 4:35 p.m.
Abramson said the departure times from Tupelo and Atlanta aren’t permanently set and could be changed.
“They’re not going into the bank of flights we’d like right now,” Abramson said.
Baggage will be handled at the airports as it is now, with passengers not having to worry about getting their bags until their final arrival point.