Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Current Weather
Loading Current Weather....
Published: Thursday, 7/2/2009

JetAmerica delays its Toledo, other flights 30 days


A Florida-based company that was to start new airline service between Toledo and several cities for as low as $9 this month told its passengers Thursday that their flights were being delayed 30 days because of landing slot issues.

JetAmerica told passengers booked on flights to Newark, N.J. and other destinations in an e-mail that the company is going to have to delay our first flights 30 days until August 14th.

The company explained that when we started planning your flight five months ago, we were not required as an indirect air carrier to have landing and takeoff slots... however, due to recent policy clarifications, even indirect air carriers now have to have slots... We just found out about this on May 30th and have been working hard to acquire the slots from the FAA and other airlines.

A spokesman for the upstart airline said yesterday that all of its operations were being pushed back 30 days and that passengers who have already booked flights were being given full refunds immediately. He said that if passengers preferred instead to rebook their tickets, they could keep the same fare as they originally had paid. If they chose to take a refund and rebook later, the airline will wave all of the booking fees that we can.

JetAmerica s tentative schedule had called for flights between Toledo and Newark, N.J., daily except Saturday plus twice-weekly service to Melbourne, Fla., beginning July 13. Thrice-weekly flights to Minneapolis-St. Paul were to begin Aug. 14.

Tens of thousands of fares were sold for rates as low as $9 one way plus taxes and fees, with at least 19 seats on each Boeing 737-800 aircraft at the bargain price.

The first year of JetAmerica s service was to be subsidized with a $400,000 federal Small Cities Air Service grant, matched by $200,000 in Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority funds, plus marketing assistance from the port authority and local media outlets.

Recommended for You

Guidelines: Please keep your comments smart and civil. Don't attack other readers personally, and keep your language decent. If a comment violates these standards or our privacy statement or visitor's agreement, click the "X" in the upper right corner of the comment box to report abuse. To post comments, you must be a Facebook member. To find out more, please visit the FAQ.

Points of Interest