Skyway takes over Milwaukee-Washington National flight

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Midwest Express plans to reduce one of its Washington National-Milwaukee, Wisconsin, flights from mainline to regional jet on 4 March.

Midwest Express subsidiary Skyway will operate the early morning flight to Milwaukee and the evening flight to National with a Fairchild Dornier 328JET. Midwest Express currently operates this flight with a McDonnell Douglas MD-88.

Midwest Express will continue operating the other three daily frequencies on the route, two with MD-88s and one with a McDonnell Douglas DC-9.

Midwest Express reveals this downgrade in a filing with the US Department of Transportation requesting a reassignment for one of its National slots. The carrier says it needs the reassignment to begin a second daily flight between National and Kansas City, Missouri.

“Without any reasonable alternative, and despite the concern of our customers, Midwest Express will help itself by changing an existing MD80 mainline operation to a regional jet operation,” the carrier says.

Midwest Express initially planned to add a second Kansas City service in February with one of the extra slot exemptions it was awarded last year as part of legislation opening up access to National for smaller carrier. However, the carrier has tentatively delayed the start of the service until May because of aircraft availability issues.

Midwest Express also offers service from Washington National to Des Moines, Iowa, with one daily DC-9 flight, and to Grand Rapids, Michigan, with two daily Skyway 328JET flights.