Contour Airlines starts strong in Tupelo, aided by low fares

May 2, 2016 in Business

ContourTUPELO, Miss. (AP) – Bolstered by cut-rate tickets, Tupelo’s new airline has been flying lots of passengers.

Contour Airlines tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/1pWqcw7) it has flown more than 600 passengers between Tupelo Regional Airport and Nashville since starting service April 5.

Aided by introductory $18.99 one-way fares, Contour says it has also booked 3,200 future passengers through Sept. 7. The fare sale ended Sunday.

By comparison, previous Tupelo carrier SeaPort Airlines flew 2,145 people during its troubled 11-month tenure.

Matt Chaifetz, the CEO of Contour Airlines parent Corporate Flight Management, says the Smyrna, Tennessee, company is pleased to have filled 65 percent of available seats in April. Contour makes 30 flights a week between Tupelo and Nashville under a subsidized two-year contract with the U.S. Department of Transportation.