People Express will launch its first non-Newport News denominated route October 16, with flights between Orlando and Charleston, West Virginia.
“People have been very receptive and supportive of our service and now we’re delighted to add West Virginia’s capital to our growing route map,” said People Express CEO Jeff Erickson in the release.
The route was last serviced by AirTran Airways in 2012, prior to a merger with Southwest Airlines. Since then, Charleston’s airport officials have been looking to lure a new carrier to pick up service to its third-most popular destination.
“We continue to fill gaps in air service with new non-stop flights and low fares people have been asking for,” airline CEO, Jeffrey Erickson, said. “In Charleston, we see a strong market that has lost service following airline consolidation – and that’s a great niche for us.”
The news comes on the heels of People Express’ August 25 announcement
that it will begin service to Orlando from Newport News, Virginia on October 16 as well. The airline will use the same aircraft to fly both routes, with the flight originating at its Newport News base.
The scheduling could prove to be a challenge for the carrier, as it has scheduled only 45 minute turnarounds on each leg of the aircraft’s route. The small turnaround is possible, but does not leave much flexibility at out-stations that likely do not have the maintenance operations to quickly make any repairs on the fly. Similar situations have hindered low-cost carrier operations in the past, most-notably Spirit Airlines last year.