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Hey, looks like this little airline, PEOPLExpress, will finally get off the ground, with the help of Vision Airlines, of course. PEOPLExpress is more of a brand than an airline, though, because Vision Airlines will be operating the flights.
The start-up airline renews the brand name of one of the first U.S. budget carriers and has been two years in the making.
Introductory rates are as low as $56 each way to/from Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) and Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF), according to a news release issued Friday. Flights start June 30.
“After months of preparation, we are excited to start selling tickets to create a fun, creative and innovative approach to air travel and dispel the myth that low air fares have to mean low service or an impersonal experience,” said Jeff Erickson, chief executive officer of PEOPLExpress.
“We’re thrilled to see more airlines recognizing the benefits of Pittsburgh International Airport. We’re proud of the services and opportunities offered here at PIT,” said county Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “This announcement provides one more opportunity for business and leisure travelers to get where they want to go by utilizing our airport and we look forward to a successful relationship with the carrier.”
“We have been working with PEOPLExpress officials since 2011,” said David Minnotte, chairman of the Allegheny County Airport Authority, “and are pleased to have been an important partner in the start up of this new venture. The Airport Authority works diligently to attract new airlines, destinations and more flights to benefit the region’s air travelers and to attract more visitors and business to Allegheny County and beyond.”
Newport News is a short distance from Williamsburg, Hampton, Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Richmond, Va.
Customers can also opt to purchase extras such as priority boarding, pre-assigned seating or a larger seat.
In addition to Pittsburgh, PEOPLExpress will also fly from Newport News to Boston and Newark, N.J. The schedule includes four additional destinations: West Palm Beach, Fla. (July 15), Atlanta (Aug. 1), St. Petersburg, Fla., and New Orleans. ___