ShareThis Page

OneJet suspends all flights amid tax lien, lawsuit, scrutiny

Natasha Lindstrom
| Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, 5:57 p.m.

OneJet has halted all flights while the embattled startup airline grapples with a $600,000-plus federal tax lien and a nearly $800,000 lawsuit tied to failing to grow as it had planned.

The carrier posted a news release on its website Wednesday announcing the suspension of flights amid a transition expected to take about eight weeks.

“During this transition, we will be suspending scheduled services on current routes,” OneJet said in the statement. “Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused by this disruption; the result of this transition will be a more robust and reliable operation for our customers from the fourth quarter forward.”

The airline expects to resume business sales Oct. 1 and will provide more details then, the statement said.

Also Wednesday, Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner asked for county Executive Rich Fitzgerald to seek the resignations of two members of the Allegheny County Airport Authority board who invested in OneJet.

Robert Lewis and Jan Rea both invested in the company, the Trib reported this month.

The authority has sued OneJet for flying to only two cities instead of the 10 it promised when it received a $1 million incentive to operate out of Pittsburgh International Airport.

The lawsuit argues the carrier owes the authority $763,000.

The authority paid the carrier $1 million in state gambling tax revenue in June 2016 in exchange for the carrier to launch 10 routes. At the time, it was the largest incentive the airport had ever given an airline. OneJet was required to fly each new route five days a week for at least five years, the lawsuit said.

Two weeks ago, the carrier only flew to two cities from Pittsburgh — Indianapolis and Hartford, Conn.

Last week, the Pittsburgh Business Times reported that OneJet is facing a $622,000 federal tax lien.

Natasha Lindstrom is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Natasha at 412-380-8514, or via Twitter @NewsNatasha.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me