TransMeridian Airlines on Tuesday announced it will continue charter service through the end of the year to the Orlando area.
"TransMeridian offers great value and service," MidAmerica St. Louis Airport director Tim Cantwell said in a statement. "That, along with MidAmerica's convenience, free parking and our new concession area add up to an outstanding travel experience."
The Lithia Springs, Ga.-based airline opened service at MidAmerica Airport on Nov. 21 with an agreement to fly for at least six months. Promising sales extended the contract through Sept. 6 and again through Jan. 6.
TransMeridian flies on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Flights after Sept. 6 will be limited to Mondays and Fridays, with Wednesday flights added during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. The airline ran that same schedule last year.
The airline, on average, has managed to fill about 80 percent of the seats on flights from Mid America. It was the first airline to fulfill its initial operating agreement with the St. Clair County-owned airport.
Great Plains Airlines went bankrupt in January 2004 after nearly three months of service. Pan Am Airlines survived about 16 months at MidAmerica, but quit flying from the airport after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks forced a downturn in the industry.
TransMeridian based in Atlanta files for bankruptcy.
MidAmerica St. Louis Airport will offer daily flights next year for the first time in the airport's history.
Allegiant Air LLC will soon offer service from MidAmerica St. Louis Airport to the airline's Las Vegas home, pending approval expected today from St. Clair County leaders.
Allegiant Air will announce today that it will operate the Florida runs that ended when TransMeridian Airlines ceased operation on Sept. 30.