From Two Planes & Four Pilots to the
Largest Commuter Airline in the 50 States
With consistency, reliability, and on-time performance, Southern Airways has become the dominant force in America’s commuter airline marketplace
Launching in 2013 in Memphis, Southern Airways began as a seasonal leisure airline founded to connect people from the mid-South region to the Emerald Coast of Northwest Florida. From these humble roots, Southern began its growth to becoming one of the largest commuter airlines in America. Southern’s first expansion was in the mid-Atlantic region with the opening of a hubs at Pittsburgh and Washington-Dulles in 2016. This was quickly followed by a new hub at Dallas (DFW), where the airline offers double-daily flights to three cities in Arkansas.
In 2019, Southern Airways purchased the then 25-year-old Hawaiian brand Mokulele Airlines. Both Southern and Mokulele fly the same type of aircraft: the reliable, dependable, and roomy Cessna Grand Caravan. Southern spent much of 2019 and 2020 building the Mokulele operation into its current form—the airline with more daily flights and more destinations than any other in Hawai‘i.
The Mokulele acquisition also brought Southern its first presence in California with a route from Imperial to Los Angeles—a hub that Southern plans to fully develop in the future. In addition to the Mokulele acquisition, 2019 also marked the beginning of Southern’s seasonal service to the Massachusetts island of Nantucket, which now has flights from four nearby airports.
Southern has grown to become one of the most respected commuter airlines in the Essential Air Service (EAS) program, offering safe and reliable air service to twelve rural communities across the country. The purpose of EAS is to connect rural America to the nation’s air transportation infrastructure, which is possible through Southern’s interlines with American, United, and Alaska Airlines.
Southern’s newest addition to its EAS portfolio is Chadron, Nebraska, which has two daily flights to Denver International Airport. This expansion means that Southern has a presence in five U.S. Time Zones, more than any other commuter airline.
Southern, now with its headquarters in Palm Beach, employs 500 team members, each of whom is committed to Southern’s goal of providing excellent service to “Every passenger, on Every flight, Every day.”