An Elite Airways CRJ-200 operates in Midwest Express colors before Midwest Express's termination of the agreement. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Ian McMurtry)

As Recovery Begins, New Competitors See Potential

As seen before in times of struggle, the gaps in the aviation route map have always left room for new competitors and the ability to test the waters on recently dropped or previously unserved markets. Post-September 11, the industry saw the rise of airlines like jetBlue, Eos Airlines, SkyBus, and Independence Air all with varying degrees of success. An ultimate failure to diversify the market was further met with a round of mergers and airline bankruptcies as longer-term names like…