Falcon Air Express (Miami) on Friday (June 5) voluntarily surrendered its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) and ceased all operations according to this report by The Ledger. The company had recently moved its aircraft to Lakeland, Florida and was in negotiations with the city about starting scheduled passenger operations from the airport that currently does not have any air service.
Previously The Ledger in Lakeland reported the city of Lakeland was negotiating with Falcon Air to provide scheduled passenger flights from the underutilized airport. The last scheduled passenger service at LAL was provided by DirectAir (operated by Sky King Airlines). LAL is located very close to Disney World and is situated between Orlando and Tampa.
According to the report, Falcon Air is considering scheduled air service to Baton Rouge, Branson, Chicopee (Massachusetts), Huntsville, Jackson, Lansing (or Kalamazoo) and Newport News/Williamsburg. Service could start in June.
The business model is likely to be the same as used by Allegiant Air which serves small cities initially with minimal service and flies to popular holiday destinations like Orlando. Allegiant serves the Central Florida area through Sanford (SNF) (north of Orlando) and St. Petersburg/Clearwater (PIE) (west of Tampa). LAL is actually closer to Disney World than SFB. Falcon Air is likely to select small cities not already being served by Allegiant Air from Central Florida.
DAE-Dutch Antilles Express (Curacao) is expanding with new service to the United States. The airline starting on April 15 will add three new routes per Airline Route. This includes Aruba – Miami, Curacao – Orlando and Port-au-Prince – Miami.
Update: The airline suspended operations on August 24, 2013 and declared bankruptcy.
Copyright Photo: Tony Storck. Falcon Air Express operates this McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83) N120MN (msn 53120) for DAE in its colors. N120MN completes its final approach into Miami International Airport.