Aha! Airlines cancel all flights as ExpressJet files bankruptcy

Reno-based aha! Airlines is ceasing operations effectively immediately after its parent company ExpressJet filed for bankruptcy.

Atlanta-based ExpressJet announced on Tuesday that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Delaware. ExpressJet launched Aha! Airlines at Reno-Tahoe International Airport in the fall of 2021.

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This is the second time since the pandemic that ExpressJet — which used to operate as a regional carrier for United Airlines — has ceased flight operations. ExpressJet went on hiatus in late 2020 after United canceled its contract with the company in July of that year. ExpressJet also laid off most of its 3,000 workers, according to the Virginia Department of Aviation.

The carrier resurfaced last year by launching Reno-based aha! Airlines in September. Aha! started with flights to three cities in October and adding five more cities in November.

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