MIAMI — Lakeshore Express has announced that it is will be taking a short break, and it is cancelling all future flights to establish a relationship with a new operating partner.

The following statement from Lakeshore’s CEO was posted on the airline’s blog and Facebook account:

Dear Lakeshore Customers:

As we look forward to serving you this 2014 summer season and beyond, we are going to take a short break. At this time, Lakeshore is cancelling all future flights. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause; however, we are looking to establish a relationship with a new operating partner in order to restart service to our customers in the near future.

Full refunds will be granted for any existing reservations. Please feel free to contact us at any time by email ( regarding questions or concerns. We are building a stronger Lakeshore Express to serve you in the future!

Thank you,
Greg Stallkamp
Lakeshore Express

Lakeshore Express Airlines began offering public charter flights in 2011 from Chicago Midway Airport to Pellston Regional Airport in the Little Traverse Bay Region of Northern Michigan. Recently, it initiated new service by connecting Chicago with metro Detroit and metro Detroit with northern Michigan. The airline operated a fleet of three SAAB 340 aircraft.

As described by, “Lakeshore Express is not a typical commercial airline. It uses a simple airfare policy with each way costing $99 to $149 depending on departure time. They do not have add-on fees like the major airlines…the airline uses executive airline terminals, typically reserved for the one-percenters, passengers do not have to go through security checkpoints.”

It is not known when the airline plans to resume flight operations.