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Plans for Florida Express Jet grounded; no new airline for Tallahassee Regional Airport.

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Posted: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 4:09 pm | Updated: 4:13 pm, Mon Jul 14, 2014.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- Plans for a new start-up airline to begin air service next month in Tallahassee appear to have now been grounded.

Ft. Lauderdale-based Florida Express Jet Travel announced earlier this month that they would begin offering air service between Tallahassee and Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando starting March 20, 2014.

Chris Curry, Director of the Tallahassee Regional Airport, told WTXL ABC27 Tuesday morning that he was notified by Florida Express Jet that new air service would not be coming to the capital city.

Curry says he was notified by email that the airline had hit several roadblocks, including obtaining start-up capital needed and was unable to secure a gate at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport which the company had planned on basing their operations from.

Tuesday morning, the company's social media went dark - their Facebook account appearing to have been deleted. Their website drawing guests to a generic front page with few details.

By Tuesday afternoon, attempts to reach Florida Express Jet remain unsuccessful.

In their initial announcement, company leaders said they would be offering eight daily flights between the cities of Tallahassee, Orlando, and Fort Lauderdale. It's unclear where the company stands operationally, and whether any flights will continue.

Curry says he was told by email that all fares purchased have been refunded.

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