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New Nonstop Service to TPA & JAX Airports

May 4, 2009

Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport today announced that Continental Airlines will begin nonstop service to Tampa (TPA) and Jacksonville (JAX), FL, beginning June 1, 2009. Service will begin by operating three days a week in each market. Flights are supported by Grand Casino Biloxi and IP Casino Resort but seats are also available to the general public and on sale now. 

“We are so pleased to once again offer nonstop service into Florida,” said Travis Lott, Jr., Chairman of Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport Authority. “We appreciate the support of Continental Airlines, Grand Casino Biloxi, and IP Casino Resort in bringing back these highly demanded routes and look forward to growing this service.” 

“We are very excited about our new partnership with Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, Continental and IP Casino Resort to provide non-stop jet service from Tampa and Jacksonville, Florida to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. This new service provides Harrah’s and Grand Biloxi an opportunity to host our Florida customers in convenient Grand style,” said Steve Ditchkus, Vice President and General Manager of Grand Biloxi Casino Hotel & Spa. 

“We are happy to partner with Continental Express and Grand Biloxi to introduce scheduled air service to Tampa and to introduce new air service to Jacksonville. We recognize that offering air service to these cities is a great boost to the community and supports our Gulf Coast tourism initiatives,” said Jon Lucas, President & General Manager of IP Casino Resort. 

Continental will operate Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday into JAX and Monday, Thursday, and Saturday into TPA on a 50-seat ERJ. Departure/Arrival times are as follows:

Flight Origin Destination Depart Arrive Frequency
CO3126 GPT JAX 10 a.m. 12:24 p.m. Wed, Fri, Sun
CO3127 JAX GPT 12:55 p.m. 1:34 p.m. Wed, Fri, Sun
CO3126 GPT TPA 9:45 a.m. 12:13 p.m. Mon, Thu, Sat
CO3127 TPA GPT 12:45 p.m. 1:30 p.m. Mon, Thu, Sat