Kansas City, MO – Earlier today Kansas City Based Metro Air Virtual Airlines announced they were branching out into a new venture with their regional operator, Allegius Airlines.
Beginning March 5th 2012, Metro Air will begin trialing Point to Point service using 7 EMB-170 aircraft on a ‘bus route style’ commuter service across the east coast of America. The route begins in Baltimore, Maryland with service to other cities and towns via another city or town using one flight number, connecting people to towns and cities that are not currently served on main line flights to the Airlines hubs and focus cities. The service will begin with 7 blocks of routes which will be covered by one Aircraft every day. The new services will also increase service from Baltimore to Providence RI, Orlando FL, Raleigh NC, Fort Lauderdale FL and see the introduction of service to Jacksonville FL from Baltimore with all flights connecting through another destination.
This marks a departure from the traditional hub and spoke routing method that is usually favored by the larger legacy carriers and follows a routing style that has become more popular among smaller low cost carriers.
MetroAir’s Vice President of Operations, William Hogarth, had this to say. “These new services will help increase our presence at our smaller secondary airports that we normally only operate from our main Hubs, it also gives our passengers at those airports an easier way to get to their destination without having to go through BWI.”
More details on these services will be released in the coming days. The airline has already hinted at similar operations being mapped out from their West Coast base in Ontario, California.