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COLLEGE PARK, GEORGIA - The US regional carrier ExpressJet has announced that it would cease its operations at the end of September 2020.

The airline took this decision after passenger demand pointedly weakened due to the ongoing pandemic, and its biggest customer United Airlines determined to operate its regional operations with another carrier.

According to the plan, ExpressJet will end operations on September 30 since the airline has no other customer. This date also marks the last day of the US government's financial assistance for airlines that are in trouble due to the pandemic.

“On July 30, United Airlines selected CommutAir as its sole ERJ-145 operator, and asked ExpressJet Airlines to wind-down flying as a United Express regional carrier,” 

the airline said.

“Due to the uncertainty of airline passenger travel as a result of the continuing pandemic, all ExpressJet flying for United Airlines will end on September 30, 2020.”

“In addition, with the termination of the CARES Act payroll support funding at that time, ExpressJet also will terminate or furlough most of its workforce on September 30, 2020, other than limited staff needed in connection with the wind-down of operations and the review of future business opportunities,” 

the airline says.

Last month, United had announced that it will conduct its regional operations with Cleveland, Ohio-based CommutAir.

In February, United had ended its partnership with another US regional operator Trans States Airlines, which ended business completely shortly thereafter.

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