NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Low-cost carrier PEOPLExpress Airlines Inc. says it hopes to start flying by late summer.
The company headquartered at Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport said it filed its application Monday with the U.S. Department of Transportation to conduct interstate air transportation, and hopes the agency will approve it quickly.
The airline said in its application that it intends to provide service in markets that lack non-stop service, or are being underserved by current carriers.
Airline President Mike Morisi said in a release that Orlando, Pittsburgh, Providence and West Palm Beach are to be included in the airline's initial destinations.
In addition to federal approval, PEOPLExpress Airlines also needs to secure financing.
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A company has been hired to complete the repairs to the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge on the Outer Banks, but how long those repairs will take remains unknown.
Drivers traveling between Hatteras Island and the mainland were forced to use an emergency ferry Wednesday, following the sudden closure of the Bonner Bridge Tuesday.
State officials say construction on a new Bonner Bridge has been delayed for years because of a legal battle with an environmental group.