Southwest Airlines to make return to Jackson airport

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After a seven-year hiatus, Southwest Airlines will be returning to Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport (JAN) come 2021.

The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority (JMAA) made the announcement on Thursday morning.

“The JMAA is thrilled to welcome back Southwest Airlines, and I feel sure that the citizens of Jackson and central Mississippi will find this news very exciting,” JMAA Board Chair Robert E. Martin said. “As U.S. travel recovers in 2021, we look forward to hosting more and more passengers at JAN.”

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba was also pretty excited about the news as he congratulated JMAA members for bringing back one of the world’s largest airlines.

“It’s great news for our city and great news for travelers throughout the region who have been missing access to Southwest’s accessible flights and low fares,” Mayor Lumumba said. “I want to applaud the JMAA Board of Commissioners and CEO for their hard work and vision. JAN has become a strong regional competitor, and Southwest’s return is the most recent evidence of their efforts.”

Previously, Southwest served JAN from 1997 until 2014. For more information regarding startup dates, fares, and routes, go to

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