From the MidEx website Press Release:
Midwest Express Names Kansas City Third Base of Operations; Announces Nationwide Service and Route Enhancements
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, September 6, 2000 -- At a news conference today, Midwest Express Airlines announced it has named Kansas City, Missouri its third base of operations. The announcement means the airline will continue to expand its nonstop jet service from the city, and develop a regional air service network by offering flights on Skyway Airlines, The Midwest Express Connection. Skyway Airlines is operated by Astral Aviation, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Midwest Express.
"We anticipate steady growth in the coming years," said Timothy E. Hoeksema, chairman and chief executive officer of Midwest Express. "This reflects a long-term commitment to providing Kansas City travelers with ‘the best care in the air.’" He added that establishing a base of operations brings with it a pledge by the airline to further increase employment and become a more visible presence in the Kansas City community.
Midwest Express has served Kansas City since 1989. With service announcements made today, Midwest Express and Skyway will offer 22 departures from Kansas City each weekday, serving 11 destinations nonstop -- and also provide the most nonstop service between Kansas City and Washington, D.C.-area airports.
Hoeksema announced that Midwest Express will introduce two one-stop, same-plane roundtrip flights each weekday between Kansas City and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on October 29, 2000. In February 2001, the airline will launch nonstop service -- one roundtrip each weekday -- between Kansas City and Washington National. That new service will be linked to new nonstop service between Kansas City and San Francisco, providing daily one-stop, same-plane service between San Francisco and Washington National.
Also on October 29, Midwest Express will enhance its existing Washington Dulles service by modifying schedules on its twice-daily, nonstop roundtrip flights to better serve Kansas City-originating passengers. "Offering nonstop service to both D.C.-area airports provides our passengers with convenient options when they travel to our nation’s capital," Hoeksema pointed out. Washington National is four miles south and Washington Dulles 25 miles west of downtown Washington, D.C.
Midwest Express also announced the launch of nonstop service from Kansas City to five cities. Twice-daily weekday roundtrip service to Omaha, Nebraska and one daily weekday roundtrip flight to Des Moines, Iowa begin October 29, as well as an additional roundtrip weekend flight to San Antonio. That same day, Skyway Airlines will begin twice-daily turboprop service between Kansas City and both Moline, Illinois and Little Rock, Arkansas each weekday.
"Our ongoing expansion in Kansas City is a result of strong support from business travelers," noted Hoeksema. "That same level of support will be crucial to the success of these and future route additions." He noted that Midwest Express is pleased to be recognized by Ingram’s as Kansas City’s preferred airline. The airline has received the magazine’s Gold award for best airline the last two years.
Additionally, Milwaukee service will be enhanced effective October 29. Midwest Express will add a fourth jet roundtrip to Omaha each weekday. Skyway will begin one regional jet roundtrip to Washington Dulles each weekday, bringing to three the number of Milwaukee-Dulles roundtrips offered each weekday by the two airlines.
Equipment will be upgraded on select Midwest Express (from DC-9 to MD-80) and Skyway flights (from Beech 1900D to 328JET) in a number of markets: Appleton, Wisconsin; Atlanta; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas/Ft. Worth; Des Moines, Iowa; and Washington, D.C. These changes are effective October 29.
Finally, several schedule-related modifications were also announced, effective in October:
· Timing of Midwest Express and Skyway flights between Milwaukee and certain East Coast destinations will be modified to help improve on-time performance at congested airports.
· One of two nonstop weekday flights between Des Moines and Indianapolis will be discontinued. The airline will continue to offer one nonstop as well as connecting flights between the cities each weekday.