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US Airways: A Lifeline In The Northeast?  
User currently offlineFrequentflier From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 422 posts, RR: 1
Posted (12 years 4 months 2 days ago) and read 2262 times:

Obviously, at least in the 48 contiguous states of the US, roads connect pretty much every locale. However, while I was browsing US Airways' timetable earlier, I noticed that, especially in the northeast, quite a few small towns are served by US Airways or its regional affiliates that are served by no one else. Quite a few of these towns have flights to other small towns.

For instance, there is a flight from Bar Harbor, ME to Rockland, ME.

My question is one of two parts.

1) Why does US Airways serve so many small towns in the Northeast with flights to other small towns instead of to hubs.

2) If US Airways discontinues service, who will pick up (or drop) the routes?

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User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2243 times:

Many of those small-town routes get federal subsidies.


"Let me think about it" = the coward's way of saying "no"
User currently offlineDCA-ROCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4528 posts, RR: 34
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2178 times:

Virtually all of those small towns are served by US Airways Express affiliate regional carriers. Should US go under, which I still think likely, those aircraft will be painted in different colors and still serve those communities. The subsidized routes have guaranteed yields, which means they will be virtually assured of service by the regional carrier's new patron.

Jim



Need a new airline paint scheme? Better call Saul! (Bass that is)
User currently offlineHaveric From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1247 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2172 times:

DCA-ROCguy, when US does eventually go under, don't forget to send me an invitation to your celebration, no doubt to be held in gorgeous, downtown Rochester....

Nothing quite like dancing on someone's grave


User currently offlineAirT85 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2168 times:

Bar Harbor to Rockland is operated by Colgan Airways, along with services to rutland, beckly, bluefield among others. Colgan used to have an agreement with Continental, who, possibly might pick them back up if USAirways went under. Even if US goes under, the services will remain. As said above, they are subsidized. The services in the PA/NY/MD regions by USAirways Express to cities like Reading, Lancaster, State College and the like, are very profitable services and Im sure a major airline (particularly whoever picks up the PHL hub) won't hesitate to keep them.
Tony


User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8913 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2117 times:

The Augusta-Rockland flights all originate or terminate in Boston, which is a focus city for US Airways. For example, one flight might go BOS-RKD-AGU-BOS, while the next flight goes BOS-AGU-RKD-BOS. Another route like this is the BOS-RUT-LEB-RUT-BOS service, where Lebanon is tagged on to the end of the flight.

Jeff


User currently offlineDCA-ROCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4528 posts, RR: 34
Reply 6, posted (12 years 4 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2103 times:

DCA-ROCguy, when US does eventually go under, don't forget to send me an invitation to your celebration, no doubt to be held in gorgeous, downtown Rochester....Nothing quite like dancing on someone's grave

How is stating an opinion "dancing on someone's grave?" Good grief.

And yes, downtown Rochester is pretty nice, especially Edwards' restaurant. Also, the Bausch & Lomb tower is very sharp. But my favorite place to eat in downtown Rochester is open 24 hours... Nick Tahou's, home of the Garbage Plate!

Jim




Need a new airline paint scheme? Better call Saul! (Bass that is)
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