Local news for Laurel, Ellisville & Jones County

Local airport gets new jet service to Chicago

The local airport has just become one of very few similarly-sized airports in the country to have jet service to two hubs.

Airport officials announced American Airlines service via American Eagle to Chicago during a press conference on Tuesday. This is in addition to jet service already provided to Dallas/Ft. Worth.

“This is a great opportunity for a small community like ours,” Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport executive director Tom Heanue said. “You don’t see many small communities going to two hubs with jet service.”

Flights to Chicago begin June 2 with reservations available starting Sunday.

For more information about the local airport, visit www.flypib.com . For reservations, visit American Airline at www.aa.com .

See Wednesday’s edition of The Chronicle both in print and online for more details.