The regional carrier ExpressJet will conclude its flying for United Express on Sept. 30.

"CommutAir and other United Express partners will operate routes previously flown by ExpressJet, and we do not expect this transition will impact our schedule," United spokesman Charles Hobart said.

United announced on July 30 that it would not renew its contract with ExpressJet, but did not say at that time precisely how long the wind-down would last.

The cessation of flying for United Express, coupled with the end of Cares Act payroll support on Sept. 30, will result in the layoff or termination of most of ExpressJet's employees, spokesman Gary Cambre said.

All of the flying that ExpressJet does is for United.

The airline will retain limited staff to conclude its wind down and to review future business opportunities.

ExpressJet becomes the fourth regional U.S. airline to go bankrupt or to announce a halt to operations since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. The smaller carriers have been hit hard, and the Regional Airline Association recently urged the Treasury Department to ease the path to obtaining financing from the airline loan program that was included in the Cares Act.

Updated: This report was updated Aug. 26 to include information from ExpressJet about companywide layoffs.

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