Trans States Airlines to wind down operations by year end

United Airlines regional carrier Trans States Airlines, operating as United Express, has announced it will wind down operations by the end 2020, the company said.

The company cited razor thin margins, difficulties in hiring enough plane captains and shifts in the regional landscape as causes for decision.

Leach said the company will begin reducing flights before the summer hits, and will conclude all flights by year´s end.

Bridgeton-based Trans States employs about 900 people, according to its website. The impact of Monday´s announcement on its workforce is unclear.

The airline´s parent company, Trans States Holdings, also operates Compass Airlines and GoJet Airlines. Compass is a regional carrier for American Airlines and Delta Airlines, and GoJet flies for United Airlines and Delta Airlines.

Trans States Airlines operates 40 Embraer ERJ 145 50-seat jets for United.

In total, regional carriers operated 176 ERJ 145s for United at the beginning of last year, according to securities filings.

ExpressJet Airlines, an Atlanta-based regional carrier for United, announced on Monday that it would add 36 ERJ 145 jets to its fleet over the next year. A spokesman for the company would not say if those are the planes now operated by Trans States.

Trans States Holdings´ GoJet will continue to fly for United. GoJet owns or leases 25 of its own 70-seat CRJ-700 jets contracted to fly for United. Trans States´ Compass Airlines operates 20 76-seat Embraer E-175 jets for American Airlines.

Trans States began as Resort Air in 1982, and in 1985 started flying as a regional carrier for the former Trans World Airlines, which had its hub at Lambert.