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PeoplExpress, once the country’s fifth largest airline – is attempting to make a comeback.  Headquartered at Newport News / Williamsburg International Airport (PHF) in southeastern Virginia, the airline plans to offer flights on the East Coast this summer – including destinations such as Pittsburgh, Newark, and West Palm Beach.

PeoplExpress flew from 1981 to 1987 and was known for offering $19 fares.  The airline was eventually swallowed up by Continental Airlines after larger carriers applied downward pressure by lowering their prices.  Continental didn’t maintain the name to PeoplExpress, opening the door for it to be resurrected today.

The airline intends to serve niche markets that are currently under-served or those that have lost service altogether because of industry consolidation.  A number of bigger airlines have pulled out of smaller markets since the recession because flying there wasn’t profitable.

Here’s some more travel news you can use:

  • The Huffington Post recently spotlighted Flamingo Air, a privately chartered airline that provides accommodations for mid-air sex.  Airline reps report that they offer as many as eight flights a day, for one hour at a time.  (Sorry Sting, guess this airline isn’t for you.)  The flight, which costs $425 per hour, includes champagne, chocolate and a “very discreet pilot.”
  • The nation’s 16 largest airlines ended 2011 with one of their best records for getting passengers and their bags to their destinations on time.  That’s a trend we all like.
  • The next time you’re bored at the airport (especially with kids), fire up this video of John Collins, “The Paper Airplane Guy“.  His paper airplanes will teach you a little something about aviation – and will be sure to entertain.