Southern Airways Express will inaugurate daily air service to University/Oxford Airport in mid-June, Southern Airways Express COO Keith Sisson announced today.
When the three-tier rollout of the startup airline’s service is complete, Sisson said outbound Oxford passengers will be able to fly directly to New Orleans, Destin and Panama City, Fla., on flights originating at Olive Branch Metro Airport and General DeWitt Spain Airport in Memphis.
Initial flights from downtown Memphis to downtown Destin will begin on May 29, with service between Oxford and Gulf beach destinations set to follow by mid-June. The entire Southern Airways Express route will be operational by the end of June, Sisson said, with ticket prices ranging from $129-$249.
Southern Airways Express will fly 10-passenger, turbo-jet-powered corporate planes with all-leather seating and complimentary iPads for customer use in flight.
“These planes are ultra-luxury, VIP aircraft usually reserved for corporate executives,” Sission said.”The general public would usually not be able to afford this executive-style experience.”
Sisson said the goal of the new airline is to put the fun back into air travel. “We’re trying to get travelers out of that six to seven-hour car ride so they can enjoy more of their vacation.”
Southern Airways Express passenger perks will include no parking fees, no baggage handling fees, lower ticket prices that those at Memphis International Airport, passenger boarding 15 minutes before flights and no TSA screening for passengers who pass the airline’s background check.
As part of the rollout, the airline plans to hold preview events in each of the cities it will serve, including an Oxford event that Sisson said would likely take place the first part of June. “People can come out and get on the planes and stretch out.”
Southern Express also plans to offer special game-day packages for Gulf Coast travelers to make it more convenient for them to attend Ole Miss home games.
“Passengers will be able to buy a season packet to fly to Oxford for all Ole Miss home games,” Sisson said, adding, “All of our tickets are transferrable.”
Tickets are not yet on sale for Southern Express Airways flights, but Sisson said once they are, travelers can purchase them online. For more information on Southern Express Airways, visit their Facebook page at iflysouthern.com.