Well they don't seem to grow, they seem to be shrinking in size and capacity. They are likely to close the PHL
hub now that Southwest is applying to the DOT to get more gates and time slots in PHL
, they closed already the BWI
hub after Metro jet shut down operations, and like most carriers they are replacing mainline equipment with RJ
's on some routes in their system.
I read in the last issue of Airliners an article all about Washington National airport (DCA
), they explain that US Airways always had the most departures daily, 180+ (mainline/express/shuttle combined), more than any other US carrier. The airport closed for weeks after the Sept 11 terrorist attacks and now it seems that it has come back nearly to where it was pre-9-11 traffic wise, but US Airways is likely to cut flights out of DCA
. If they continue to loose capacity in the DC area then they are going to move their corporate headquarters away from Arlington VA and move probably down to North Carolina which would make sence since they still have a main hub there. US Air has always been very strong in the NorthEast and on the East Coast.