Spirito, Bourey defend People Express loan to Newport News City Council

Spirito said the the leadership of People Express and its proposed destinations seemed strong enough to help fill the gap that AirTran left when it stopped flying out of Newport News in 2012.

The airport commission decided in a closed meeting in 2014 to guarantee a line of credit for People Express, which already was more than $1 million in debt. At the time, the airline also was being sued in Newport News Circuit Court for $50,000 of unpaid credit card bills. The airlines founder, Michael Morisi, had filed for personal bankruptcy five years earlier.

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