Southern Airways Express, the Essential Air Service provider for the cities of El Dorado, Harrison, and Hot Springs, has expanded its popular daily service from Dallas and Memphis to soon include weekend flights connecting all regions of the state. In addition, Hot Springs will add Memphis as a connecting hub in June. (Both El Dorado and Harrison already have Memphis service.)
Southern has been the airline for the three Arkansas cities since 2017, and before the COVID-19 pandemic regularly set enplanement records at each of the three airports. The new service pattern will give each community two daily flights to Dallas (DFW) and one flight to Memphis most days of the week.
To boost travel within the state, Southern is introducing weekend intra-state service which offers Friday and Sunday flights between Harrison, El Dorado, and Hot Springs without leaving the state’s airspace.
“We are excited about welcoming weekend visitors from El Dorado and Harrison to Hot Springs,” said Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs. “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.” Service between Hot Springs and Memphis ended in 2016 with the bankruptcy of Seaport Airlines.
“We think that connecting the state of Arkansas for the first time in many years is a winning strategy,” said Stan Little, Southern’s Chairman and CEO. “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.”
Tickets for the inter-Arkansas routes and the new route between Memphis and Hot Springs are on sale now at the company’s website, iFlySouthern.com. Fares for the weekend flights begin at $59.
For more information, or to arrange an interview, please contact chief marketing officer, Keith Sisson at keith.sisson@MokuleleAirlines.com.