BILOXI, Miss. (June 6, 2014) – Beginning June 8, travelers will be able to escape to Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, MGM Resort’s International’s destination resort on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, with new scheduled flight service via Sun Country Airlines®. The Biloxi-based AAA Four Diamond resort will be offering convenient nonstop jet service five days per week from the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) to Gulfport/Biloxi International Airport (GPT), as well as regularly scheduled monthly service to the Mississippi Gulf Coast from more than 60 other United States destinations including Atlanta, Houston, and Sanford/Orlando.
Beau Rivage’s scheduled service from St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport to Gulfport/Biloxi International Airport will operate Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday on 126-seat 737-700 aircraft. Packages include roundtrip airfare, deluxe accommodations for two or three nights and round-trip ground transportation between the airport and Beau Rivage.
The Sun Country Airlines® partnership is Beau Rivage’s latest announcement to drive tourism and make convenient, air-inclusive vacation packages a reality for interested visitors. In 2008, MGM Resorts International’s President and COO of Southern Operations George P. Corchis, Jr. established a comprehensive air program to “import” tourism from many different parts of the United States to Biloxi via leased 737 aircraft. Beau Rivage flies in thousands of guests every year on charter flights from around the country and in 2013, the air program coordinated 656 flights and transported more than 81,000 air passengers, making it among Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport’s largest carriers.
“Today, just as when Beau Rivage opened its doors 15 years ago, our company is committed to developing the Mississippi Gulf Coast as a premier resort destination,” said Corchis. “In addition to bringing new and return visitors to MGM’s beautiful 1,740-room resort, the air program benefits the entire Mississippi Gulf Coast as visitors dine in area restaurants, play golf, visit tourism attractions and enjoy deep-sea fishing and other outdoor activities.”
The Beau Rivage scheduled service from St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport to Gulfport/Biloxi International Airport will depart PIE at 1:05 p.m. and arrive in Gulfport at 1:35 p.m. Flights leaving Gulfport/Biloxi will depart at 10:00 a.m. and arrive in St. Pete-Clearwater at 12:20 p.m. (all flight times are local). Reservations for the air-inclusive travel packages may be made by calling 1.877.GO.2.BEAU (877.462.2328) or visiting www.suncountryvacations.com.
“We are pleased to develop this new relationship with MGM Resorts International and offer the only nonstop service out of St. Pete-Clearwater to the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” said John Fredericksen, president and CEO of Sun Country Airlines®. “Gulfport/Biloxi will be available to more than 60 U.S. cities, featuring affordable fares and award-winning service every step of the way. We are confident that Beau Rivage customers will be pleased with the level of service and reliability our airline will provide.”