Jan. 31--A Houston-based airline soon will offer nonstop service from Oklahoma City to destinations not available without interruption.
ExpressJet Airlines Inc., which until recently operated as Continental Express, will begin flying out of Will Rogers World Airport in April, airline spokeswoman Kristy Nicholas said.
The airline's goal is to offer nonstop service to cities that currently do not have nonstop flights from Oklahoma City.
"We feel like Oklahoma City is the right size market for ExpressJet," Nicholas said.
Nicholas said she could not comment on what cities ExpressJet will offer nonstop service to, but she said the airline will start selling tickets Thursday.
She said ticket prices will compete with current market prices.
Mark Kranenburg, director of Will Rogers World Airport, said ExpressJet Airlines contacted the airport several months ago about introducing nonstop service.
"We are always talking to airlines about additional service in Oklahoma City," Kranenburg said.
Will Rogers' latest nonstop addition was in September when United Airlines began its nonstop service to Los Angeles.
Other cities that have nonstop service from Oklahoma City are Chicago, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Mo., Las Vegas, Memphis, Tenn., Minneapolis, Orlando, Fla., Phoenix, Salt Lake City and St. Louis.
Oklahoma City is one of 24 cities where ExpressJet is adding service.
Other cities include New Orleans, Omaha, Neb., and San Diego. ExpressJet will have daily flights and will operate a fleet of 50-seat Embraer jets.
The company plans to buy 69 aircraft later in the year.
ExpressJet will provide travelers with convenience, Nicholas said.
She said layovers cost travelers time and can turn a trip to a destination two hours away into a five-hour journey.
ExpressJet wants to do the exact opposite.
"What ExpressJet is hoping to do is to decrease some of the elapsed time and give travelers some of their time back," Nicholas said.
"We feel like
Oklahoma City is the right size market for ExpressJet."
Airline spokeswoman Kristy Nicholas
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