Don't be surprised to find out that the gateway city would be Ft. Lauderdale. Markets like SAP, MGA, and TGU need a decent amount of O&D to remain profitable, especially with thier tendency to be big VFR markets. FLL
provides this, and it stays in line with the rumours that US Airways wants to become a bigger player at FLL
. They could also get a foot in the very profitable Miami-Central America market, which has been dominated by TACA and American Airlines (with some other minor players) and is extremely profitable, because you have people paying fares averageing $450-$550 for short 2 hour flights.
Also, the new service is not going to be from DCA
. That has nothing to do with the perimeter rule, it has to do with the fact that DCA
cannot recieve international flights from countries that do not pre-clear customs. Those countries are Aruba, the Bahamas, Bermuda, and Canada.