PeoplExpress, headed by CEO Mike Morrisi, has just announced the purchase of Boise, ID based Xtra Airlines. Xtra’s “Air Operators Certificate” (AOC) will let PeoplExpress to get in the air sooner than would happen if it sought its own certification.
The issue of PeoplExpress was raised here in March and once again in April that Buffalo and Niagara Falls interests should aggressively pursue its service. Then, hopefully sooner rather than later, one of the two local airports might be added to its first five city route system of Newport News, VA – Pittsburgh, PA – Providence, RI – Newark, NJ – West Palm Beach, FL. Routesonline announced the new carrier could be in the air by late summer.
Routesonline post stated that XTRA’s AOC gives PeoplExpress authority to operate in the United States, Caribbean, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America and that the XTRA brand would continue to be used for charter operations . For those who once flew to Florida from NFIA you might recognize the name XTRA Airlines. It was one of the carriers used by the now defunct DirectAir on its Myrtle Beach, SC – Florida routes.
At this time my betting is that should PeoplExpress come to the area it would service Buffalo-Niagara International Airlines as Niagara International seems to be destined to stay little more than a low-cost outbound traffic only airport used by Canadians to fly to Florida.