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New airline offers direct flights from Medford to Reno

Reno, Nevada based Aha, a “reboot” of ExpressJet Airlines, will offer direct flights from Medford beginning Oct. 31. Submitted photo.
Flights begin Oct. 31 with promotional $49 fares

Southern Oregonians will soon be able to fly to The Biggest Little City in the World without layovers.

Starting Oct. 31, Aha by ExpressJet Airlines will offer direct flights three days a week between Reno-Tahoe International Airport and the Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport, according releases from the airport and the newly relaunched airline.

The flights to Reno lasting one hour, 10 minutes depart the Medford airport at 11:55 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, according to the airport. Return flights depart at 10 a.m. the same days.

Each flight will be on 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 jets. The Brazillian-made regional jets offer “comfortable cabins and no middle seats,” according to the airline.

With Aha’s launch, the airline is offering one-way tickets for “an introductory, limited-time launch fare” of $49. Fares must be purchased at least 21 days in advance and before Nov. 15.

“Note that additional fees apply for cancellations and changes, call center bookings, baggage, etc.,” the fine print for the promotion reads in part. Full terms for the promotional fares are available at flyaha.com.

The brand is a “reboot” of ExpressJet, a regional jet airline that operated for more than three decades, according to the airline. It first started as the amalgamation of Atlantic Southeast Airlines and Continental Express.

United Airlines now owns a minority stake in the airline, according to the airline’s website. Their new brand is an acronym for “air, hotel, adventure.” The airline plans to "partner with resorts, casinos and attractions to ‘bundle’ value-priced vacation packages,” according to the website.

The Medford airport is one of eight smaller regional airports that the newly relaunched airline will serve later this fall, according to a release issued Wednesday from the Nevada airline.

The relaunched airline is starting out with “underserved communities” that prior to launch did not have nonstop service to Reno-Tahoe, but plans to have more than 20 destinations from Reno-Tahoe across the western United States “in the coming months.”

The airline’s first flight will be to Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco, Washington on Oct. 24. Oregon destinations include Eugene and Bend, and California destinations will include Bakersfield, Ontario, Eureka and Fresno by Nov. 10.

Reach web editor Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTwebeditor.