Niche Airlines: Fly Luxe. Fly Cheap. Fly Naked!

As major carriers cut service, niche airlines--some with quirky personalities--are winning new customers

Next time you're trying to get from New York City to Chicago, you might want to try going through New Jersey. Not on the turnpike, but through Teterboro Airport, which is just 12 miles from Manhattan and forbids big airline jets. You can arrive just 20 minutes before your flight. Pull up to the "terminal" (a tidy, one-story brick building), pause for a beverage in the lounge with about a dozen other passengers, speed through security and stroll 25 feet across the tarmac to a luxuriously appointed Embraer business jet. Slide into one of the 16 spacious leather seats (there are...

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