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US Airways Adds Grenada To Its Caribbean Network

Wed Jun 05, 2002 12:20 am

ARLINGTON, Va., June 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- US Airways will add
Grenada to its expanding Caribbean network with the start of weekly nonstop
service linking the island with Philadelphia in December 2002, subject to
foreign government approval.
The development will further strengthen US Airways' position as the second
largest carrier between the U.S. and the Caribbean in terms of destinations
served, and follows US Airways' announcement yesterday of a new "GoCaribbean"
initiative with three regional Caribbean airlines.
Known as "The Spice Island," Grenada -- located in the eastern Caribbean
at the southern point of the Windward Islands -- will be served by US Airways
with flights every Saturday, using new Airbus A319 aircraft with seating for
120 passengers.
Starting Dec. 21, 2002, flights will depart Philadelphia at 9:45 a.m. and
will arrive in Grenada at 3:39 p.m. The return service will depart Grenada at
4:40 p.m. and will arrive in Philadelphia at 8:40 p.m. The new service will
operate from the new international terminal facility at Philadelphia airport,
currently under construction.
"Grenada will be US Airways' 20th jet destination in the Caribbean,
supplemented by additional Caribbean destinations served by US Airways Express
carriers," said Douglas Leo, vice president of international. "We are
especially pleased to add Grenada to our growing Caribbean network, offering
excellent connections with major U.S. points we serve from Philadelphia. At
the same time our service enhances access to U.S. destinations for travelers
originating in Grenada."
US Airways' new Philadelphia-Grenada service will follow the airline's
launch of new weekly nonstop flights between Philadelphia and the Caribbean
island of St. Kitts, starting Dec. 7, 2002. US Airways will also introduce
new services from Charlotte to Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos on
November 2, and to Belize on November 9, both with four flights weekly. These
three new routes are each subject to foreign government approval.
Additionally, US Airways announced yesterday a cooperation and marketing
initiative with three regional Caribbean airlines -- Caribbean Star Airlines,
Nevis Express and WINAIR (Windward Island Airways) -- including affiliation
through US Airways' Dividend Miles frequent traveler program, US Airways
Vacations, and in some markets, code share. The GoCaribbean initiative plans
to offer additional service to 14 island destinations.
Grenada, a major source of spices, including nutmeg, cloves, ginger,
cinnamon and cocoa, offers diverse attractions for travelers, from the harbor
capital of St. George's to its picturesque mountainous interior with its
waterfalls and rainforests, and its white sand beaches and coral reefs.
With a developing tourism industry, the island is popular for hiking and
trekking, yachting, deep-sea fishing and water sports, and is a leading
destination for scuba-diving and snorkeling. Grenada, which has a population
of 93,000, is 21 miles long, 12 miles wide, and covers 133 square miles.
US Airways currently serves the following Caribbean destinations: Antigua,
Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Cancun, Cozumel, Grand Bahama Island, Grand Cayman, Montego Bay, Nassau, San Juan, Santo Domingo, St. Croix, St. Lucia, St. Thomas and St. Maarten. US Airways Express also serves North Eleuthera, Governors Harbour, Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay from Florida.


RE: US Airways Adds Grenada To Its Caribbean Network

Wed Jun 05, 2002 5:25 am

With some of the highest costs around, I'm still scratching my head on how US is able to do this PROFITABLY.

Another little tidbit, who here thinks this service will actually start, or will US be in bankruptcy?
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RE: US Airways Adds Grenada To Its Caribbean Network

Wed Jun 05, 2002 5:56 am

Well, just one flight a week doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me, but USAirways IS making money in the Caribbean markets and Europe. For one thing, fares are much more regulated on these routes and don't go up and down like a see-saw. And Lowfareair, why are you so synnical? Do you want USAirways to go bankrupt and thousands MORE jobs lost? The situation is bad enough as it is. It's not only USAirways either, take a long hard look at United. It's a damn shame.

RE: US Airways Adds Grenada To Its Caribbean Network

Wed Jun 05, 2002 6:05 am

John: I just realized that the loan guarantee ordeal was pulled out of the bill. Haven't had much time to read the daily airline news on the net.

I don't want to see thousands upon thousands laid-off. All I want to see is that US either pulls a consistent profit, or they get broken up. I think new management has a chance of doing this, while Wolf would have the company in Ch. 11 already. If Wolf was still CEO, I wouldn't have wanted loan guarantees under any circumstances.
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RE: US Airways Adds Grenada To Its Caribbean Netwo

Thu Jun 06, 2002 7:27 am

Well how long would this last as the airlin eis not in the best of financial positions. If this proves sucessfull however caribbean airlines good for them. American is adding another MIA BGI flight. This shows that Barbados really knows how to fo tourism as the island is smaller if not the smallest island in size that AA serves daily from MIA and JFK
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RE: US Airways Adds Grenada To Its Caribbean Network

Thu Jun 06, 2002 1:48 pm

This will indeed be a thin route but as of now their is no nonstop between Grenada and the Northeast so it will have a good number of originating passengers form the northeastern cities.
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