JetAmerica tickets on sale for July start
New low-fare carrier JetAmerica is selling $9 non-stop one-way seats on its new flights between six US cities. The first fights take off on 13 July.
The airline is promoting its launch as the “Let’s Get America Flying Again” campaign. Its inaugural roundtrip flights launch from Lansing, MI; Melbourne-Vero Beach, FL; South Bend, IN; and Toledo, OH to New York-Newark. Jet America will also fly roundtrip flights from Toledo and Lansing to Melbourne-Vero Beach. Finally, from 14 August, Jet America will fly roundtrip from Toledo to Minneapolis-St Paul.
JetAmerica will operate Next Generation Boeing 737-800s at fares "50%-70% less than major airlines travelling similar but indirect routes". The airline says it expects to be profitable "because it is serving secondary cities where there are few flight options and minimal competition". The company aims to encourage business travellers as well as those who fly occasionally or do not fly at all to start flying from their hometown rather than from larger out-of-of-town airports.
Other cities announced by the carrier as being under consideration for service are: Charleston, WV; Chicago/Rockford, IL; Cincinnati, OH; Columbus, OH; Dayton, OH; Greensboro/Winston-Salem/Highpoint, NC; Pittsburgh, PA; and St Petersburg/Clearwater, FL (where the company's administrative offices are based).
JetAmerica reported that 48 hours after its website went active on 27 May 2009, its ticket sales had reached 12,000.
The new airline is led by CEO John Weikle, who founded the short-lived, Columbus-based Skybus Airlines.