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User currently offlineFlyPNS1 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 6503 posts, RR: 24
Posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 1937 times:

USAirways has applied for the six "in-perimeter" slots that were abandoned by Spirit and Midway.

US has requested 1x daily DCA-MOB, 1x daily DCA-PNS and 1x daily DCA-SAV. All flights would be with an RJ.

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/021220/dcf034_1.html

Of course, the DOT would prefer these slots to go to low-fare or new entrant carriers, so it seems unlikely that US will get the slots. However, it would really kick ass to have nonstop flights from PNS to DCA. I would definitely be on that flight.

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User currently offlineDCA-ROCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4467 posts, RR: 34
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 1874 times:

That's a pretty sharp political move on US Airways' part. Apply for the slots to serve smaller cities. But....one frequency each for an O & D route? That wouldn't be terribly convenient for business travelers, who would still have to connect for their return flight. I can't help wondering if those slots, if awarded to US, would soon wind up serving additional frequencies to places like BOS or CLT.

Did AirTran or JetBlue apply?

Jim


User currently offlineSeiple From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 1869 times:

US Airways Express flies to JAX in that neck of the woods... one midday ERJ from DCA. It does fairly well.

A non-stop oneway is better than a connection both ways.


User currently offlineFlyPNS1 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 6503 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1824 times:

One flight a day isn't much, but for all three of these markets the DC area is a top three destination. Plus, DCA offers a decent number of connecting opportunities. In the case of the PNS schedule, you would leave PNS in the morning (6am) and then the flight returns in the evening which would work for business pax. The MOB and SAV schedules aren't quite as business friendly.

I don't think JBLU or AAI have applied yet. I don't think JBLU will even apply as DCA doesn't really fit in their current route system. I would expect AAI to apply very soon.


User currently offlineAmtrakGuy From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 500 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1801 times:

I do hope US doesn't get it...I rather see the slots go to the LCC...like BlueJet, AirTrans, or Southwest (yeah, I know they won't..but hey...it won't hurt to try to beg them).

Is there a way for the public to put a pressure on DOT to give the slots to one of the airlines I mentioned above?

And, where do we go on DOT website to see who applied for the slots?

Dave


User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1789 times:

I don't think US Airways will get the slots. Delta applied for similar routing several years ago, with ASA operating the flights, and were turned down, and those slots went to Frontier, Midway, Spirit, and ATA.

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