JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — US Airways and the federal government have announced that intermittent flights between Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington, D.C., will become permanent.

U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., says he was notified Tuesday by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

US Airways had been making the flight on a stopgap basis since March, replacing a daily flight Delta had offered since 2005.

Under Delta’s agreement with the U.S. Department of Transportation, the airline couldn’t sell or transfer the route if it stopped making the flight.

The federal government regained the route and then sought a new permanent carrier and/or destination.

US Airways says that Republic Airways will operate the daily round trip with a 69-seat regional jet flying as US Airways Express.

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