ExpressJet will use the Los
Angeles metropolitan area as a base for its new regional
airline, which is scheduled to begin service in April.
Embraer ERJ-145 carrier will operate as the newly branded ExpressJet
Airlines and will fly with a livery distinct from its parent company’s
Continental Express fleet, a spokeswoman tells ATI. She also confirms that of the 24 cities to be served by the
airline, 14 of these will have point-to-point access to Ontario
which is about 35mi (55km) from Los
schedule details are expected to be announced on February 1, although ExpressJet president and CEO James Ream today publicly
revealed that, in addition to the Ontario operations, city pairs will include
Albuquerque, New Mexico to Austin, Texas; Kansas City, Missouri to
Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; New Orleans to Jacksonville, Florida;
Sacramento, California to Tucson, Arizona; and San Diego, California to Omaha,
full schedule will be in operation by May with the rollout stemming from the USA’s
west coast. Fares will match current prices between the small and medium
markets being targeted by the new carrier.
ExpressJet is not disclosing any more details before
February 1. An Ontario
official says the airport has signed a confidentiality agreement that forbids
any discussion of the carrier’s plans.
a financial statement released yesterday, Ontario’s
owner Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) said the airport’s passenger traffic in
2006 surpassed 7 million for the second consecutive year, albeit with a 2.3%
dip on the 7.2 million recorded in 2005. All but 156,660 of these passengers
flew on a domestic service.
is served by 10 airlines: Aeromexico, Alaska,
American, Azteca, Continental, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, United and its Ted low-cost unit, and
US Airways. LAWA says the airport’s current annual capacity is 10 million