Midwest Express still hopes to launch operations

Midwest Express Airlines (2nd) is still trying to get airborne. The COVID-19 pandemic delayed its plans to bring back the Midwest Express name and experience. As previously report, the upstart had previously announced its first routes to Cincinnati, OH (CVG), Omaha, NE (OMA), and Grand Rapids, MI (GRR) from Milwaukee.

The company is hoping that the rising number of people with vaccines and a return of air travel will allow them to commence operations, maybe in 2021.

The comeback with not be with Elite Airways which previously showcased one of its CRJ200s with ME titles.

Midwest Express issued this statement last year:

Midwest Express (ME) announced that it has ended its partnership with Elite Airways. Midwest Express has filed a lawsuit against Elite because Elite breached its agreement with Midwest Express.

Midwest Express and Elite Airways had partnered to launch flying operations for Midwest Express, while Midwest Express pursues its own airline operating certificate and aircraft.

Although Midwest Express is discontinuing its partnership with Elite Airways, Midwest Express president Greg Aretakis says the airline’s plan continues to move forward with a goal of delivering nonstop flights with exceptional customer service. “We are in substantial discussions with other airline operators to bring back nonstop service to Milwaukee,” Aretakis added. “We have received a tremendous amount of support from the business community and former passengers who tell us that they need better options for air travel in Milwaukee; and we intend to deliver it.”

Midwest Express is continuing fundraising efforts. A date has not yet been set for the start of service.

Read more by Rich Rovito of Milwaukee Magazine.