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ExpressJet Leaves JIA in September The Airline, Which Serves Mid- Size Cities, Blames High Fuel Prices.

July 10, 2008

By DAVID BAUERLEIN

ExpressJet will stop flying out of Jacksonville in September, ending nonstop service to New Orleans, Austin, Texas, and Kansas City, Mo.

Houston-based ExpressJet Airlines announced this week it is suspending operation of flights under the ExpressJet brand because the high cost of jet fuel has made them “impossible to sustain,” ExpressJet President Jim Ream said in a statement.

Jacksonville is among the cities across the nation where ExpressJet flights will cease after Sept. 1. The airline will continue taking reservations for flights until then.

ExpressJet flies regional jets between mid-size cities that historically lacked nonstop flights, beginning at Jacksonville International Airport in May 2007.

Travelers shouldn’t expect other airlines to fill the void with their own nonstop flights to the cities, said Steve Crandall, president of Discount Travel Brokerage Services in Jacksonville.

“Everybody is cutting back,” he said. “The airlines aren’t in an expansion mode.”

ExpressJet customers with tickets for flights after Sept. 1 can contact ExpressJet at (888) 958-XJET to apply for refunds.david.bauerlein@jacksonville.com, (904) 359-4581

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