PEOPLExpress, a new airline reviving the name of 1980s low-cost airline, will begin service in June on routes that have been left behind by the bigger airlines as they consolidate service, CEO Jeff Erickson told CNBC on Friday.
Starting June 30, PEOPLExpress will begin service from its Newport News/Williamsburg, Virginia, hub with one round-trip flight daily to Pittsburgh and one to Boston, and two daily to Newark, New Jersey. Additional flights from the hub will be added through the summer: West Palm Beach, Florida (from July 15); Atlanta (from Aug. 1); and New Orleans and St Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida, (from Aug. 28.).
The goal is to focus on underserved routes. "With the exception of the service from here to Atlanta—which starts Aug. 1—everything else has no nonstop competition," Erickson said during a phone interview from Virginia.
Within five years it hopes to be in 24 cities, he said.