People Express unsure when flights will resume

Mike Morisi, president of PEOPLExpress welcomes passengers arriving at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport from Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport on Aug. 1. After nearly 30 years PEOPLExpress hopes to return to Atlanta.
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Mike Morisi, president of PEOPLExpress welcomes passengers arriving at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport from Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport on Aug. 1. After nearly 30 years PEOPLExpress hopes to return to Atlanta.

Credit: Hyosub Shin

Credit: Hyosub Shin

People Express is unsure when it will resume flights, after suspending operations late last month.

The start-up operation, which had launched flights from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to its mini-hub at Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport in Virginia in August, had initially planned to resume flights Oct. 16.

But People Express said Thursday it can no longer commit to that date.

The company said it is now working on getting a third aircraft for its fleet as a spare, and is seeking approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation for approval as a public charter operation.

“Since we cannot open reservations until we receive government approvals we therefore cannot commit to our previously announced date to resume service,” said People Express in a written statement. All customers with reservations will get refunds, the company said.

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