Compiled by staff and wire reports
Friday, April 5, 2002
US Airways drops Austin flight plans
Tarheels looking for a quick flight home from Austin will have to wait a bit longer. US Airways, the Charlotte, N.C.-based carrier, won't be flying out of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport anytime soon.
Austin airport officials have been trying to get the carrier to come here since the late 1990s. And in August, the airline announced that it would start three daily nonstop flights between Austin and Charlotte.
After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, US Airways said it would postpone the service until May.
But the airline, struggling with fewer passengers and lower revenue, now says it won't be coming at all.
The decision isn't a surprise, but it's "disappointing, of course," said Jamy Kazanoff, acting assistant director of the city's Aviation Department.