Jet America Jets Never

The alarm was sounded when Jet America cancelled their July/August flights, and now, it seems, the cheapo airline will not be taking off after all, ever. The problem? The Clearwater, FL-based company didn’t end up being able to secure slots at the Newark airport and had to fold before even getting off the ground. See ya never, $9 flights.

We are reluctantly suspending our public charter operations effective today,” said John Weikle, CEO, who has been with the company since April. “Finalizing the slots required to support our charter program at Newark has taken longer than expected and we have decided to suspend our flights in order to refocus on different markets.” And company spokesman Bryan Glazer added”

“It is unfortunate that so many consumers’ will be affected. This was unavoidable. I worked closely with the executives of JetAmerica for several months and know they did their very best to overcome the challenges that the slot situation posed. But in the end, the business plan never called for paying for more than a half million dollars for slots. All customers will receive automatic refunds within 7-14 business days. Any customer not receiving a full refund in 14 days should call 727-451-3970.”

Boo hoo, Jet America, I was looking forward to testing out the American version of Ryanair.

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