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US Announces More PIT Cuts

Thu Aug 12, 2004 3:58 pm

Sorry if this was already posted but I didn't see anything.

As part of its plan to eliminate direct service to 37 cities from PIT by Nov. 4, the following destinations will be dropped:
Houston, TX
Kansas City, MO
Charleston, SC
Myrtle Beach, SC

They join previously announced:
Milwaukee, WI
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
Memphis, TN
Toledo, OH
Ft. Wayne, IN
South Bend, IN
Evansville, IN
Reading, PA
Beckley, WV
Bluefield, WV
Huntington, WV

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette also speculates that future cuts could include Frankfurt, London Gatwick, destinations in Canada, and smaller cities in PA, NY, and VA.

*Sigh* While I wish US all the best--honestly--I can't help but feel this is the latest hemmorage as the carrier bleeds a slow and painful death. Maybe I'm being overly dramatic, but it reminds me of a factory or any company where they're laying off people and they post a new list of names every few days, and everyone who makes it that round just waits and worries until the time their name finally is listed.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04223/359294.stm
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RE: US Announces More PIT Cuts

Thu Aug 12, 2004 4:13 pm

Not to change the subject, but, does anyone know of an airline that actually "shrank" their way to profitability?

Thanks.

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RE: US Announces More PIT Cuts

Thu Aug 12, 2004 4:21 pm

Not to change the subject, but, does anyone know of an airline that actually "shrank" their way to profitability?

Plenty of airlines have cut unprofitable hubs. See HP at CMH. Or for an even better example, see AA at RDU, where they maintain a healthy focus city, as US plans to do at PIT. Or see how AA shrunk the STL hub.

And contrary to popular belief, US isn't shrinking. System ASMs grew 6.2% in the 2nd quarter. PIT is losing capacity, but it's being replaced and then some elsewhere in the system.

[Edited 2004-08-12 09:24:21]
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RE: US Announces More PIT Cuts

Thu Aug 12, 2004 10:42 pm

"Not to change the subject, but, does anyone know of an airline that actually "shrank" their way to profitability?"

In the late 1980s Continental had a big hub in Denver, a smaller one at Washington Dulles, and was the largest carrier at many mid-size airports such as New Orleans. They went into a financial tailspin but turned it around in the mid-1990s, partly through a smaller operation.
 
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RE: US Announces More PIT Cuts

Thu Aug 12, 2004 11:48 pm

The slick slogan that no airline ever shrank to profitability is a canard. Probably every airline in business for more than 10 years has done it at one time or other.

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