People Express Suspends Service, Plans Mid-October Relaunch

By Paul Riegler on 29 September 2014
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En route from New York to Los Angeles, the nation's third-busiest route

People Express, the new incarnation of an airline that started flying late in June from its base in Newport News, Virginia, said Friday that it was temporarily suspending flights, but that it plans to recommence operations in mid-October.

The airline offered flights linking Newport News with Newark, Boston, and Pittsburgh.

In a statement posted on its website, it said “recent aircraft and crew availability and maintenance issues, including an aircraft recently damaged by a vendor’s truck, an engine change, and a lack of a planned spare aircraft,” contributed to the decision.  The airline has flown 55,000 passengers on 817 flights since commencing operations.

The carrier said it was already refunding tickets for flights scheduled through October 15.  It also said it will launch previously-announced service to Orlando, Florida and Charleston, West Virginia on October 16.

People Express suffered a service meltdown in mid August, causing its CEO, Mike Morisi, to post a mea culpa on Facebook saying, “We have had a day we wish would never happen…a day where we disappoint our customers.”

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