PITTSBURGH, June 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- OneJet (www.onejet.com), the air transportation network that provides increased access to nonstop travel in small and medium size markets, joined local and state officials in announcing a substantial financing agreement designed to accelerate the deployment of OneJet's nonstop air service from Pittsburgh International Airport. The Company will operate a total of 10 additional nonstop destinations, deployed in a metered sequence over the next two years, with routes specifically designed to meet the needs of some of Pittsburgh's largest corporate employers.
To begin, and following the announcement of nonstop service to Hartford earlier this year, OneJet announced today the opening of two additional routes from Pittsburgh:
- Louisville, KY service will begin on July 18th
- Cincinnati, OH service will begin on August 15th
The State of Pennsylvania and the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County will provide $500,000 each in loans to support necessary investments in employees, equipment, and infrastructure. The partnership follows alongside private investment from local corporate leadership, including that of James Rohr, former Chairman of PNC, and Thomas Tull, co-owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, with a private/public commitment of $2.5M in total.
OneJet and Airport officials plan to announce two additional routes beginning in the fall.
"Under the leadership of Christina Cassotis, Pittsburgh International Airport continues to be an important regional asset for our community. We are very excited to see OneJet operating in Pittsburgh," said Sy Holzer, PNC regional president of Pittsburgh. "OneJet is a wonderful addition for our travelers and is a great connection to two major growth markets for PNC."
Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, a senior advisor the OneJet program, stated: "Convenient and accessible regional air service is a critical priority for local and regional business. Today's announcement reflects decisive action by Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania leadership to secure service that will benefit the region's business travelers and key corporate employers."
"Having dependable and timely access to transportation is a key factor when businesses are looking to grow or expand and OneJet is helping to give the region an advantage over the competition," Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf said. "We are proud to support such an important project and are thrilled with the promise of at least 80 new jobs this investment will help to create."
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald also noted, "This investment in nonstop service is a wise one that will help our growing region continue to have access to mid-size cities across the country. The service provided by OneJet will serve our area's businesses, to ensure our region remains competitive as we fill the needs of our business and leisure travelers."
"This announcement adds to the growing momentum of flight options at Pittsburgh International Airport. These are markets that have demand for service but are not being served by traditional legacy carriers," Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis said. "We're thrilled to add 10 markets to our air service portfolio."
All routes are subject to customary DOT approval. For additional information, please visit www.onejet.com. For customer inquiries or travel assistance, please call 1-844-ONEJET1 (663-5381).
OneJet is an air transportation network that provides consumers increased access to nonstop travel in small to mid-size markets, at relatively low cost. Services operate from the main commercial terminals and airports in markets served and feature TSA Pre access, expedited boarding, and complimentary on-board amenities, including high speed internet access. All flights are operated by regionally based operating partners featuring ARG/US Platinum Safety-rated and TSA-certified operations. The company incorporates former senior leadership from the U.S. major airlines, the U.S. Department of Transportation, leading U.S. aircraft manufacturers, and TSA.