OneJet, the Massachusetts-based airline that has a unique business model using small planes to offer direct flights to mid-sized markets, recently announced a total shift in service to Pittsburgh, cutting most service from the Indianapolis International Airport, including its Milwaukee to Indianapolis service.
This development is occurring a year after the airline started its first route from Indianapolis International Airport to Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport in April 2015.
[caption id="attachment_137574" align="alignright" width="383"] A OneJet plane at Mitchell International Airport. The airline recently dropped its Milwaukee to Indianapolis service.[/caption]
OneJet began its Pittsburgh service in May of 2015. In February of this year, the company announced a greater focus on that city’s market with five new nonstop services in 2016.
“We are pleased to make this commitment to the Pittsburgh community and look forward to providing further travel convenience for our customers, as well as making the investment in local resources and employees to support these services,” Mathew Maguire, OneJet CEO said in a press release.
The change halted services from Indianapolis to Milwaukee, Memphis and Nashville starting Tuesday. OneJet was the only airline providing non-stop service to Indianapolis International Airport from Milwaukee.
“This really was driven by a transition of operations,” Maguire told BizTimes. “What is important to us is that the people of Milwaukee know that we are committed to the city and mindful of the inconvenience.”
OneJet is maintaining route from Milwaukee to Pittsburgh because it services large corporate customers such as FedEx, he said.
“For Milwaukee and corporate services with Pittsburgh, the route is maintained and enhanced with features our customers will enjoy,” Maguire said.
Before the recent shift, there were two OneJet departures from Milwaukee daily: one to Indianapolis and one to Pittsburgh. Now, there is only one OneJet departure from Milwaukee every day, to Pittsburgh.
OneJet is adding four destination cities in 2016 and five additional cities in 2017, Maguire said.