Streamline Air has announced that effective Friday, Sept. 14, it will suspend passenger flight operations between Trenton Mercer Airport and Bedford Hanscom Field.
An automated recording at Streamline Air, a subsidiary of Charter Air Transport Inc., offers passengers the following message:
"As of Sept. 14, streamline air will be suspending service between Trenton Mercer and Bedford Hanscom Field. Any passengers with reservations past the 14th will be refunded to their original method of payment."
The charter service, which began serving Trenton-Mercer Airport in April 2011, offered passenger service between Trenton Mercer and Hanscom Field in Bedford, Mass.
According to nj.com, Streamline Air was the airport's first passenger service since the recession forced two prior carriers to end service in early 2008.
Julie Willmot, spokeswoman for Mercer County, told Patch Wednesday afternoon she had not heard the news. A short time later, however, she was able to confirm the cancellation of Streamline operations.
She said Streamline told the county that the decision was based on internal management issues and not a result of service or passenger numbers.
“We are well aware that the airline industry is highly competitive and challenging, and we are hopeful that Streamline is able to realign its business plan, re-enter the market and return service to Trenton-Mercer,” Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes said.
Streamline lease agreement with Mercer County expires in March 2013. In addition to the lease, the airline pays approximately $72,000 a year in various other fees including use of the terminal, landing and fuel flowage.
Streamline passengers requesting information can call Streamline Air at (855) FLY-STRM, (855)359-7876, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The county recently announced that beginning Nov. 16, 2012, Frontier Airlines will begin service between Trenton-Mercer and Orlando, Fla.
A message left at Streamline's headquarters was not immediately returned. No one answered the phone at Streamline's location at the airport.