Delta Air Lines Inc., the nation's No. 3 carrier, and discount airline AirTran Airways have made plans to resume commercial service to the Gulfport, Miss., airport following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
Delta spokeswoman Chris Kelly said the resumption of commercial service to the main New Orleans airport will depend on when officials there reopen it for commercial use. AirTran did not say when it would resume service to the New Orleans airport, which has been used for humanitarian flights since the hurricane.
Kelly said Thursday that Atlanta-based Delta will resume commercial flights to the Gulfport airport on Sept. 20. Flights through its partner carrier Atlantic Southeast Airlines, which it sold to SkyWest Inc., resume on Sunday, Kelly said.
AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. of Orlando, Fla., said the carrier will resume commercial service from its hub, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, to the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport beginning Tuesday.