Mon, Jul 20, 2009
Nearly $500,000 In Fees At Newark Cited As Prime Culprit
When Newark Airport said they would charge low-fare startup
carrier JetAmerica just under half a million dollars in fees
for takeoff slots, the company essentially threw up its hands and
said "Never Mind."
More than 25,000 tickets had been sold, some for as low as $9
each way. JetAmerica will be providing automatic refunds in the
next two weeks.
In the meantime, Florida Today
reports that JetAmerica CEO Steve Schoen says he'll try again to
get flying in the fall, with Melbourne, FL airport serving as the
base of operations for the company's 737-800. And that's not plural
for a reason. “Melbourne will be our focus city,”
Schoen said in a telephone interview late Friday from Clearwater,
the airline's home base. He also said he plans to make Lansing, MI
a "target city."
Spokesman Bryan Glazer said JetAmerica originally thought it did
not need to buy slots at airports, because they would be operating
as a charter airline. But after tickets were sold, the FAA said the
company was behaving like a scheduled airline, not a charter, and
that slots would be required. That caused the first round of delays
and refunds earlier this month, and the eventual shutdown.
In all, Jet America is expected to return about $1.5 million to
it's customers, the paper reported.
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