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OneJet has yet to resume service from Pittsburgh International as planned

| Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, 11:21 a.m.
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Startup airline OneJet did not resume ticket sales Monday as planned, and it’s unclear whether it ever will.

The carrier announced Aug. 29 it was suspending all flights for eight weeks during an “operational transition” but planned to resume ticket sales Oct. 1.

As of Wednesday, the announcement was still posted to the carrier’s website , but when customers go to book a flight, the site says no flights are available to any destination.

OneJet CEO Matt Maguire did not return calls seeking comment. Airport spokesman Bob Kerlik said airport officials have not received any information from OneJet.

OneJet suspended its operations in August while it sought to obtain a “fully owned 135 operating certificate,” the company said. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has not received an application from OneJet for the 135 operating certificate, Arlene Salac, an FAA spokesman said Wednesday. The FAA requires all U.S. airlines to have a certificate, and there are different types available, Salac said. The 135 certificate generally covers aircraft that have fewer than 10 seats, he said.

OneJet announced in December it planned to upgrade several of its routes from its seven-seater jets to larger 30-seat aircraft.

The Allegheny County Airport Authority in 2016 granted a $1 million incentive to OneJet in exchange for 10 new routes and for the airline to base its operations in Pittsburgh. At the time, it was the largest incentive the authority had ever given an airline.

In August, the authority sued OneJet seeking to reclaim $763,000 . The airline launched nine routes but by August was down to only two before it suspended service completely.

Theresa Clift is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Theresa at 412-380-5669, tclift@tribweb.com or via Twitter @tclift.

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