Florida Express Jet shelves plans for March launch: report

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Travel agency Florida Express Jet appears to have shelved plans to start low-cost intra-Florida service on 20 March, a media report says.

Florida Express Jet told Tallahassee Regional Airport’s aviation director Chris Curry in an e-mail that the service would not begin as planned, according to a report in the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper. The firm cited issues with securing slots at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport and raising capital, the report says.

Florida Express Jet could not immediately be reached for comment.

It announced plans to begin low-cost flights between Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Tallahassee on 10 February. A 29 January Twitter update from the carrier showed that it had started ticket sales on its website, www.floridaexpressjet.com, a few weeks earlier.

That website has since been reduced to a single page that allows visitors to sign up for e-mail updates, and it no longer includes a menu to buy tickets. The airline has refunded ticket sales, says the report.

Florida Express Jet planned to utilise Boeing 737-400 aircraft operated by Phoenix-based charter carrier Swift Air. Coach seats were to be priced upwards of $69, while prices for one-stop flights would have started at $99. The carrier had said it planned to offer another business class option that includes increased legroom and complimentary drinks for an extra $30.

Curry told Flightglobalon 11 February that the airline had been in talks with the airport about starting operations but that it had not reached a formal agreement to begin service.