NEWPORT NEWS -- PEOPLExpress is coming to Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport by mid-Summer.
Officials made the announcement Monday afternoon that it will focus on leisure travelers, from Richmond to North Carolina, flying on Boeing 737-400s with 158 seats.
The company says ticket prices will be about 40-percent lower than other carriers and will "put the fun in flying again."
The low-cost carrier will offer traditional amenities and frequent traveler benefits and the management team is made up of former officials from existing airlines.
AirTran is leaving the Peninsula airport next month as part of a merger with Southwest, leaving a big gap in the low cost service to places like New York, Boston, Atlanta, and Orlando.
PEOPLExpress will travel to Newark, Pittsburgh, Providence, R.I., Orlando and West Palm Beach, Fla.
There will be assigned seating and no charge for your luggage.
Airline officials say about 1,000 jobs will be created over the next three years.
The original PEOPLExpress was a no-frills airline from 1981 to 1987, when it merged into Continental Airlines.