Express plans to reduce one of its Washington National-Milwaukee, Wisconsin,
flights from mainline to regional jet on 4 March.
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.
Express will continue operating the other three daily frequencies on the route,
two with MD-88s and one with a McDonnell Douglas DC-9.
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.
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.
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
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