Jet America Shuts Down Indefinitely

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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 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.

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  • by Jimmy Location: Jackson on Jul 21, 2009 at 09:15 AM
    I am sorry there is more to this story than be told. If Newark is being a Jerk then don't use them, don't punish others because of those worthless people in Newark. There is something more to this!
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