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Southern Airways Announces New Intra-Arkansas, Hot Springs-Memphis Flights

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Southern Airways Express announced Tuesday that it has added Friday and Sunday flights connecting the El Dorado, Harrison and Hot Springs airports, as well as making Memphis a connecting hub for the Hot Springs airport in June.

The El Dorado and Harrison airports already have Memphis service. 

Southern has held the Essential Air Service contracts for those airports in Arkansas since 2016. The EAS is a federal program that subsidizes smaller carriers so they can profitably offer a minimal level of scheduled air service to smaller communities.

Arkansas Business first reported on the company’s plans for the intra-Arkansas flights a few weeks ago. Fares for those start at $59.

“We think that connecting the state of Arkansas for the first time in many years is a winning strategy,” Stan Little, Southern’s chairman and CEO, said in a news release. “Our customers in Hot Springs can fly to a concert in El Dorado or to Harrison to enjoy the Ozarks or the 20-minute drive up to Branson. Having four non-stop choices from Hot Springs Airport is a real boon to the community and a reflection of the hard work of airport management and city leaders over many months.”

“We are excited about welcoming weekend visitors from El Dorado and Harrison to Hot Springs,” Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs, said. “We are equally pleased with the return of Memphis service, which will be very popular as well.

“Hot Springs has been a favorite vacation spot for Memphis-area residents for many years, and we are excited to be able to offer them this even more convenient way to come and explore the hundreds of attractions our city has to offer.”

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