Contour Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
Commenced operationsMarch 22, 2016; 7 years ago (2016-03-22)
AOC #FJTA920D[1]
Secondary hubs
Fleet size19
Parent companyContour Aviation
HeadquartersSmyrna, Tennessee, United States
Key peopleMatt Chaifetz (CEO)[3]

Contour Airlines is an independent regional airline headquartered at Smyrna Airport in Smyrna, Tennessee, United States.[4]

Contour Airlines is set up as public charter operator for regulatory purposes and does not directly operate aircraft. Contour Airlines charters 30-seat Embraer regional jets operated by its parent company, Contour Aviation, then resells seats on those aircraft to the public. The arrangement allows Contour to utilize pilots who are qualified to operate charter services, who can be either less experienced or older than allowed on commercial passenger flights.[5]


Contour Airlines was established by its parent company Contour Aviation in 2016. Contour began service on March 22, 2016, completing its inaugural flight from Nashville to Tupelo, Mississippi. Since then, Contour has expanded to 20 destinations nationwide, focusing on providing key business and leisure markets previously underserved with nonstop short-haul routes.[6]

On April 1, 2019, Contour retired its Jetstream 31/32 fleet and focused solely on ERJ-135/145 aircraft.

On February 5, 2020, Contour Airlines announced that it would add Indianapolis as a focus city and purchase additional ERJ-135/145 aircraft. The goal was to provide efficient service to markets within driving distance but without direct flights to capture travelers who would rather drive than fly with a layover.[7] The airline planned to serve Nashville, Pittsburgh and St. Louis from Indianapolis beginning June 10, 2020,[8] however, the service had been suspended indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[9] On July 28, 2021, Contour announced its relaunch in Indianapolis, beginning on October 12 and flying to Milwaukee, Nashville, and Pittsburgh.[10] However, Contour quietly dropped Milwaukee and Pittsburgh less than three months later.[11] According to Contour CEO Matt Chaifetz, the Indianapolis to Milwaukee route averaged 40% full and was climbing, but stalled in the winter due to fears over the omicron variant.[7] He said "the timing was just poor" for the new routes but said, "We're still committed to Indianapolis."[7]

Contour Airlines announced that it had returned to pre-COVID numbers in Tupelo, having more than 12,000 boardings in 2022. This helps increase funds granted by the FAA to Tupelo Airport, up from $150,000 to $1,000,000.[12]

On April 20, 2023, the Department of Transportation approved Contour Airlines' bid to replace Cape Air at Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois in Marion, Illinois. Contour will connect the airport to O'Hare International Airport starting August 1, 2023.[13] The contract is set to last three years.[14]

Due to inflation, Cape Air opted in late 2022 to cease operations out of Owensboro before the end of their contract, which was scheduled to end in 2023. Contour Airlines was chosen to replace Cape Air and commence operations to and from Charlotte.[15] However, both Contour Airlines and Owensboro Airport later decided to change the twelve Owensboro flights per week to go to Chicago O'Hare International Airport instead of Charlotte, which the Department of Transportation approved on May 30, 2023.[16] The service started on August 1, 2023.[17]


As of January 2024, Contour Airlines operates flights serving the following destinations:[18][19]

City Airport IATA Code Destinations Notes
Alabama Alabama
Muscle Shoals Northwest Alabama Regional Airport MSL Charlotte AEAS community
Arizona Arizona
Page Page Municipal Airport PGA Phoenix AEAS community
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport PHX Page
California California
Crescent City Del Norte County Airport CEC Oakland To be replaced by Advanced Air starting March 17, 2024.[20]
Oakland Oakland International Airport OAK Crescent City To be replaced by Advanced Air starting March 17, 2024.[20]
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia
Macon Middle Georgia Regional Airport MCN Baltimore AEAS community
Illinois Illinois
Chicago Chicago O'Hare International Airport ORD Kirksville
Marion Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois MWA Chicago/O'Hare EAS community
Kentucky Kentucky
Paducah Barkley Regional Airport PAH Charlotte EAS community
Owensboro Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport OWB Chicago/O'Hare EAS community
Maryland Maryland
Baltimore Baltimore-Washington International Airport BWI Macon
Mississippi Mississippi
Greenville Greenville Mid-Delta Airport GLH Dallas/Fort Worth AEAS community
Tupelo Tupelo Regional Airport TUP Nashville AEAS community
Missouri Missouri
Cape Girardeau Cape Girardeau Regional Airport CGI Nashville EAS community
Fort Leonard Wood Waynesville-St. Robert Regional Airport TBN Nashville
EAS community
Kirksville Kirksville Regional Airport IRK Chicago/O'Hare EAS community
New York (state) New York
Ogdensburg Ogdensburg International Airport OGS Philadelphia AEAS community
Plattsburgh Plattsburgh International Airport PBG Philadelphia AEAS community
North Carolina North Carolina
Charlotte Charlotte Douglas International Airport CLT Beckley
Muscle Shoals
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania
Altoona Altoona–Blair County Airport AOO Philadelphia[21] AEAS community
Philadelphia Philadelphia International Airport PHL Altoona
Tennessee Tennessee
Nashville Nashville International Airport BNA Fort Leonard Wood
Cape Girardeau
Texas Texas
Dallas/Fort Worth Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport DFW Greenville (MS)
Fort Leonard Wood
Utah Utah
Moab Canyonlands Regional Airport CNY Phoenix AEAS community
Service starting February 1, 2024, to replace SkyWest.[22]
Vernal Vernal Regional Airport VEL Phoenix AEAS community
Service starting February 1, 2024, to replace SkyWest[23]
Virginia Virginia
Shenandoah Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport SHD Charlotte EAS community
West Virginia West Virginia
Beckley Raleigh County Airport BKW Charlotte
AEAS community
Clarksburg North Central West Virginia Airport CKB Charlotte EAS community
Lewisburg Greenbrier Valley Airport LWB Charlotte EAS community
Parkersburg Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport PKB Beckley
AEAS community

Former destinations

City Airport IATA Code Destinations Notes
California California
Palm Springs Palm Springs International Airport PSP Sacramento (Seasonal) Ended due to COVID-19 pandemic
Sacramento Sacramento International Airport SMF Palm Springs (Seasonal)
Santa Barbara
Ended due to COVID-19 pandemic
San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport SBP Las Vegas Ended due to COVID-19 pandemic
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara Municipal Airport SBA Las Vegas
Ended due to COVID-19 pandemic[24]
Florida Florida
Destin Destin–Fort Walton Beach Airport VPS Bowling Green Ended due to low demand
Tampa Tampa International Airport TPA Charlotte
Ended due to low demand[25]
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia
Atlanta Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport ATL Bowling Green Ended due to low demand[26]
Kentucky Kentucky
Bowling Green Bowling Green–Warren County Regional Airport BWG Atlanta
Destin-Fort Walton
Ended due to low demand[26]
Missouri Missouri
Fort Leonard Wood Waynesville-St. Robert Regional Airport TBN St. Louis AEAS community | Contract awarded to SkyWest
St. Louis St. Louis Lambert International Airport STL Fort Leonard Wood
Nevada Nevada
Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport LAS Page
San Luis Obispo
Santa Barbara
Ended due to COVID-19 pandemic
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh Pittsburgh International Airport PIT Indianapolis
Wisconsin Wisconsin
Milwaukee Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport MKE Indianapolis


Contour Airlines ERJ-135LR at Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport

As of January 2024 Contour uses regional jets from the Embraer ERJ family, in a 30-seat configuration.[27]

Contour Airlines fleet
Aircraft In Service Passengers Notes
Embraer ERJ 135 10 30 Owned and operated by Contour Aviation
Embraer ERJ 140 7
Embraer ERJ 145 2
Fleet total 19


Interline agreement

Contour has an interline agreement with American Airlines, allowing passengers to travel via Contour and American under a single itinerary. Bookings can be made through third-party travel agencies, through the American Airlines website, or directly through the Contour Airlines website.[28]

In-flight experience

Passengers traveling with Contour receive free seat selection and their first piece of checked baggage without charge on all fare classes.[29] All Contour flights feature leather seating, 36 inches of legroom, and complimentary in-flight snack and beverage service.[6]


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