Beau Rivage Resort & Casino Celebrates 1 Millionth Passenger on PIE Flight

Aug 25, 2022
Scheduled charter program flies from 90 cities; St. Pete-Clearwater No. 1 Market

St. Pete-Clearwater. (August 25, 2022) – Today Beau Rivage Resort & Casino welcomed its one millionth charter program passenger to the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport (GPT) and the milestone took place aboard a Sun Country Airlines 173-seat 737-800 aircraft inbound from St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE). Arriving passengers were greeted with a spread of refreshments highlighted by a decadent cake created by Petite Madelyn’s Bakery of St. Pete-Clearwater. Champagne, commemorative gifts and photos also accompanied the red carpet welcome from PIE to Beau Rivage.

Beau Rivage’s scheduled charter air program formally launched in 2009 following a post-Hurricane Katrina $550-million resort renovation and has been partnering with Sun Country Airlines since 2014. Since its inception, the program has flown more than 8,000 flights from 90 cities nationwide, from Minneapolis to Miami and New Hampshire to West Texas. 

“St. Pete-Clearwater guests love to visit the Gulf Coast and our goal with this program has always been to make that travel as easy as possible,” said Beau Rivage President and COO Brandon Dardeau. “The charter program has elevated all of Coastal Mississippi, including our 1,740-room AAA Four Diamond resort on the beach in Biloxi, from a regional destination to a national market.”
The Beau Rivage charter air program flies from 10 Florida cities including Jacksonville, Gainesville, Daytona Beach, Melbourne, Orlando/Sanford, West Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers, Sarasota, with St. Pete-Clearwater being the No. 1 market.
“At PIE, we hit the jackpot with our charter packages to MGM Resorts Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Gulfport/Biloxi.  Locals love the quick and easy get away and hospitality of the MGM brand.  We are thrilled to celebrate their one millionth passenger from PIE!” said Tom Jewsbury, St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport Director.

Tiered-pricing packages are offered to casino players and leisure travelers and include roundtrip airfare, multi-night accommodations, baggage delivery service and roundtrip transportation between Beau Rivage and GPT.
Since its inception, Beau Rivage’s air charter program has generated 1.6 million hotel room nights at the resort. With two incoming and two outgoing flights per day, the program averages seven different cities in-house each night.

Already known as the crown jewel of the Gulf Coast, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino continues to raise the bar. Named one of the “South’s Best Resorts” by Southern Living, MGM Resorts International’s AAA Four Diamond beachfront resort is undergoing a $55 million dollar room remodel of its 1,740 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites. The resort is home to 10 restaurants, four bars and lounges, and an 85,000-square-foot gaming area that includes the new Buffalo Zone and BetMGM Book Bar and Grill, Mississippi’s full-service sports betting and entertainment destination. The resort also offers live entertainment in its 1,550-seat theatre, an upscale shopping promenade with a Black Clover Lounge and Topgolf Swing Suite, a world-class spa & salon and Fallen Oak, a Tom Fazio-designed championship golf course. For more information and reservations, call (888) 567-6667 or visit

Sun Country Airlines operates 98 routes serving 78 airports across the United States, Mexico, Central America, Canada and the Caribbean, providing safe, reliable, hassle-free flights at affordable prices. Sun Country offers a customer experience that includes free in-flight entertainment, complimentary non-alcoholic beverage service, a new mobile-friendly website with more self-service tools, and new interiors on each aircraft. Based in Minnesota, we focus on serving leisure and visiting friends and relatives (“VFR”) passengers. Sun Country Airlines is a new breed of hybrid low-cost air carrier that dynamically deploys shared resources across our synergistic scheduled service, charter, and cargo businesses. Based in Minnesota, we focus on serving leisure and visiting friends and relatives (“VFR”) passengers and charter customers and providing CMI service to Amazon, with flights throughout the United States and to destinations in Mexico, Central America, Canada, and the Caribbean. For photos, b-roll and additional company information, visit

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Mary Cracchiolo Spain, Beau Rivage, 228.547.8473,
Wendy Burt, Sun Country Airlines, 612.803.0821,
Michele Routh, St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE), 727.453.7879,