United Airlines Now Providing Its Services At The Meridian Regional Airport
Today in Meridian, a new airline is now providing its services at the Meridian Regional Airport, and this morning the inaugural flight of United Airlines was welcomed on the tarmac.
In early March, SkyWest notified the Meridian Airport Authority saying that American Airlines had reached a maximum with its pilot contract, requiring it to reduce or eliminate service to nearly a dozen communities in the united states, including Meridian. Sky West immediately approached United Airlines, and both agreed to partner with Meridian.
The United Airlines service will consist of two round-trip flights a day between Meridian and Houston and will be operated by SkyWest.
The ground service crew at the airport underwent a month-long training to develop expertise for the new airlines system, to provide passengers with the same level of service they have experienced prior to its arrival.
“So, we began training on June 1, the first week we went through our computer training, which is our check in and out gate system training, the third week we went through our baggage system training, and the last week we went through our ramp training ,” said Tiara Parker, United Airlines General Manager at MEI.
Tom Williams, President of the Meridian Airport Authority, shared that although the pandemic presented new challenges, he was not concerned it would delay united airlines’ services from beginning today.
“The pandemic, while it got in the way of face to face meetings, everything was fine by telephone, shipped, and so no, I think we knew we were going to meet this deadline all along, but the professionals we’re working with at SkyWest and at United, they know their capabilities, they knew they could meet July 1 --and we did,” said Tom Williams, President of the Meridian Airport Authority.
Through SkyWest, United will operate the same type of fifty-passenger plane American was operating.