updated 7/3/2009 3:57:01 PM ET 2009-07-03T19:57:01

A fledgling discount airline is having trouble getting off the ground.

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Clearwater, Fla.-based JetAmerica issued a statement Thursday saying it's delaying the start of flight operations a month. It cited problems securing landing and takeoff slots at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.

It's refunding about $500,000 in credit card purchases by more than 6,400 customers.

JetAmerica had planned to offer 34 flights a day starting July 13 to Newark and Minneapolis and to underserved airports in Melbourne, Florida; Toledo, Ohio; Lansing, Michigan; and South Bend, Indiana.

Its new projected start date is Aug. 14.

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