KANSAS CITY, MO – MetroAir has made public all schedule changes which will be effective July 1st. Among the changes is the previously announced expansion in Austin. In addition to eight new destinations from Austin, MetroAir will add five destinations from Boston.
Utilizing Bombardier Dash 8 Q200 aircraft, MetroAir will offer Allegius connections to Carlsbad and Palm Springs, the first regional destinations added to the Southern California region in almost two years. July 1st also marks the end of nonstop service to Tahiti which has been plagued with weight restrictions due. In addition to increased competition from Air Tahiti Nui and Air France, MetroAir has seen the profitability of the route drop significantly.
In an attempt to streamline operations, MetroAir will be ending non-stop service to nine cities from Chicago-O’Hare, many of which only had one flight per day.
“We’re trimming the fat across our entire network,” explained CMO Anders Young, “Flights which are not economically sustainable or beneficial to the network will be reviewed and possibly removed.”
MetroAir will also be ending non-stop service to four cities from Ontario. Despite their long-standing existence, flights to Chicago-O’Hare, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston, and Fort Lauderdale will cease at the end of the month. While these routes were popular in the past, not a single PiRep has been flied on these routes since the opening of the LAX hub.
While the popularity of Ontario has dropped off, interest and passenger demand remains high at Washington-Reagan National Airport. With the acquisition of additional slots at DCA, MetroAir will add three daily flights to both Chicago-O’Hare and Kansas City.
“The operations team has worked hard over the past two months to identify both growing and struggling markets,” said COO William Hogarth, “We hope to create a healthy balance of realism and interest within our route network.”
A full list of schedule changes can be found below.