Metro Airlines Pilot Hat Badge Type I
Houston, TX 1969-1993
In 1969 the airline was founded to serve the Houston area. Houston Metro constructed their own short take off and landing (STOL) airstrip along with a passenger terminal building and maintenance hangar adjacent to Clear Lake City, Texas. The airline's initial route linked Clear Lake City (CLC) with Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH). Later on, the route system was expanded to include a number of destinations in southeast Texas with flights to Houston Intercontinental. In May 1993 Metro Airlines went bankrupt. The airline assets were promptly purchased and renamed AMR Corporation whom were already involved with Metro Airlines by way of the "banner carrier" codeshare flying Metro Airlines performed for AMR as Metroflight, which was begun cooperatively by the legacy carrier airline and the regional during the middle part of the 1980s. Metro Airlines operated out of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport under the American Eagle Airlines brand beginning on November 1, 1984. In 1985 the airline announced that it would end service to Houston Intercontinental Airport.
Metro Airlines spun its certificated airline, Metro Airlines off and formed a holding company of airlines. Among the airline holdings acquired by Metro were:
Brockway Air acquired in the summer of 1989, Metro changed its name Air Northeast, but operated as a banner carrier codeshare partner for TWExpress;
Chaparral Airlines merged into the Metro Leasing operations of the Metroflight;
Metro Express II- spun off from the original Metro airlines "the Eastern Express branded banner flying and Metro Airlines";
Sunaire name changed to Aviation Associates operated for/as Eastern Express in the Caribbean.