Operating on behalf of several leading US carriers, Chautauqua Airlines provides connecting flights from major airports to smaller markets, mainly in the eastern half of the US. The carrier maintains partnerships with major airlines including American Airlines, Continental Airlines, US Airways, and Delta Air Lines. Under its partners' regional banners, Chautauqua flies a fleet of close to 70 jets, ranging in capacity from 37 to 50 passengers, made by Embraer and Bombardier. Republic Airways Holdings owns Chautauqua Airlines, which coordinates its operations with those of sister companies Shuttle America and Republic Airlines.
Chautauqua Airlines is part of the parent organization's Republic division (regional flights), which accounts for half of annual revenues. The remainder of sales is made up of revenue from the Frontier division (Frontier Airlines), which provides passenger, charter, and cargo services.
Parent Republic Airways in 2013 sold its under-performing Frontier Airlines subsidiary to an investment fund affiliated with Indigo Partners. It made the move in order to focus on its core regional jet operations and enhance its relationships with its major airline partners.
The parent organization traces its roots to the founding of Chautauqua Airlines in 1973. Holding company Republic Airways was formed in 2001.