KANSAS CITY, MO – MetroAir Virtual has announced frequency reductions to multiple cities across their route network, citing lack of demand and a reallocation of resources.
The once daily service to Laredo, TX from Dallas-Ft. Worth will be cut, with the last day of service occurring on Friday, July 11th. This route is served 4x daily by American Eagle Airlines and the daily Allegius operated E170 has seen low load factors in the saturated market.
Service to Erie, PA from Kansas City will be dropped starting July 13th. Erie will remain in the MetroAir network with Allegius operating twice daily service with Dash 8 Q400 aircraft. MetroAir operations staff initially hoped to capture and untapped market by connecting Erie to the Midwest and West Coast via Kansas City, but the numbers have remained stagnant.
Similarly, flights to Montana and Wyoming have seen increased competition from Allegiant Airlines who offer ultra low fares to many of the secondary markets in Big Sky Country. Casper, WY will see one flight dropped, leaving a single flight to Ontario and two flights to Kansas City. Daily service to Great Falls, MT from Ontario and all mainline service to Billings, MT will be cut after August 1st.
“It is unfortunate that MetroAir is taking a step back from our beautiful state,” said Montana Tourism Development Coordinator Victor Bjornberg, “We are hopeful that other airlines can make up for the shortfall in service and would welcome MetroAir back in a heartbeat.”
When asked about a possible return to Montana, Director of Charter Operation Anthony Gilmer hinted, “There’s always a possibility of seasonal service in the future, but we have a few promising routes and will be reallocating our fleet to better serve our customers.
MetroAir officials said passengers on affected flights after service reductions have been contacted to offer alternative travel plans or refunds.