JetAmerica, a fledgling discount airline that garnered attention with $9 promotional fares, has folded without ever getting off the ground.
The Clearwater, Fla.-based company says it's suspending sales to all markets and will immediately begin to process refunds to customers. Service was originally supposed to begin July 13 to Capital Region International Airport near Lansing, Toledo, Ohio; South Bend, Ind.; and Melbourne, Fla. Flights were also scheduled to larger airports in Minneapolis and Newark, N.J.
The Newark airport was the problem, according to a company spokesman who talked with wilx.com Friday evening. Bryan Glazer says Jet America expected to get free landing slots in Newark and couldn't come up with the several grand other airlines wanted to charge.
Glazer says Capital Region would have been an attractive airport to Jet America because of all the out-of-state MSU students and families expected to jump on the cheap fares.
JetAmerica announced July 2 that it was delaying the launch of flight operations by a month and refunding its first $500,000 in sales because of problems securing landing slots at Newark Liberty International Airport.
The company cited those problems in its announcement Friday. It may try to re-launch in September.