July 12, 2008

ExpressJet Travelers to Lose Four Non-Stop Flights From Boise to Southern California

By David Kennard, The Idaho Statesman, Boise

Jul. 11--Boise travelers will lose four daily nonstop flights to Southern California in September because ExpressJet plans to cease commercial flights.

ExpressJet Airlines says rising fuel costs forced its decision to suspend flying under several lines after Sept. 2.

The carrier has two nonstop flights from Boise to San Diego and two to Los Angeles/Ontario.

"We regret losing their service," said Larissa Stouffer, a spokesman for the Boise Airport.

ExpressJet says it agreed to terminate its agreements with Delta Air Lines effective Sept. 1 and will cease its branded commercial passenger flight operations on Sept. 2.

"On behalf of everyone at ExpressJet Airlines, I would like to express our gratitude to the communities that provided such a warm welcome and were always supportive of our branded service," said Jim Ream, president and chief executive officer. "If we had any other choice, we would not take this difficult action. However, rising fuel prices has made the operation impossible to sustain."

Boise travelers planning a trip to San Diego and Los Angeles can find flights on other airlines, but non offer nonstop service.

"They represented a small percentage of our passenger service and daily flights, but other carriers will accommodate passengers going to those destinations," Stouffer said.

Tickets on ExpressJet Airlines for travel before Sept. 2 will not be affected, the airline said. The company will continue selling tickets for any customers who want to travel before Sept. 2.

Customers holding tickets for a flight after Sept. 1 should contact ExpressJet Reservations at 888-958-XJET (9538) to request a refund.

David Kennard: 377-6436


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