JetAmerica is postponing its launch until Aug. 14. The low-fare charter provider was supposed to start service on July 13.
JetAmerica said there were "unforeseen complications" with takeoff and landing slots at Newark Airport. The company said the FAA informed JetAmerica in February that Newark could accommodate it but subsequently told JetAmerica that it had to obtain slots.
JetAmerica CEO John Weikle said the FAA changed the slot policy for indirect air carriers after the JetAmerica had "already made millions of dollars in sales." JetAmerica is classified as an indirect carrier because it is not flying jets; the company is chartering Boeing 737s from Miami Air.
JetAmerica still intends to fly to Newark from Lansing, Mich.; Melbourne, Fla.; South Bend, Ind.; and Toledo, Ohio. JetAmerica also plans to fly from Toledo to Melbourne and Minneapolis-St. Paul, and from Lansing to Melbourne.
"The delay is not as unusual as it sounds," said Brian Burling, JetAmerica’s vice president of operations. "Historically, many of the world’s most successful airlines and charter services have had to delay their launches."
JetAmerica said it is giving full refunds to passengers who booked flights scheduled from July 13 to Aug. 13. JetAmerica also is providing incentives to these customers to give JetAmerica another try. Incentives include waiving the $10 reservations fee, the $20 fee for the first checked bag and the $10 seat-assignment fee on their next booking.
"People should not be quick to jump to negative conclusions about JetAmerica," said Burling. "I am particularly referring to Internet bloggers and naysayers who are predicting the worst."