US Airways' hub in Philadelphia will continue to serve as a primary connecting point in the Northeast and as a gateway to Europe, the Caribbean, and Latin America.
Total departures from Philadelphia will increase to 495 each business day, or seven percent more than the November 2004 schedule, and 32 percent more than February 2004.
Connecting arrival and departure banks also will be replaced by a steady flow of flights throughout the day.
Further, two new destinations will be added to the schedule, with 50-seat RJ flights to and from Wilmington, N.C., and Washington Dulles International Airport, operated by Mesa Airlines and PSA Airlines, respectively.
US Airways' largest hub will grow to 564 daily weekday departures (from the current 495) and by two departure and arrival banks, an increase of 100 daily flights as compared to the February 2004 schedule. Charlotte will continue as a modified hub-and-spoke system to maximize revenue and profitability. The current schedule includes eight flight-connecting banks.
Charlotte will continue to be US Airways' largest gateway to the Caribbean and Latin America, and transatlantic service to Frankfurt and London (Gatwick Airport) will continue as well. Service from Charlotte to Sarasota will be seasonally upgraded to Boeing 737 jets, replacing 50-and 70-seat RJs.
Ronald Reagan Washington National
New nonstop service will be added to six key business destinations, including Atlanta, Cleveland, Detroit, and Chicago (O'Hare) with four daily nonstop roundtrip flights each, as well as Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston (George Bush Intercontinental), with three daily nonstop roundtrip flights each.
The new markets will feature the 72-seat Embraer 170 Regional Jet on most flights. Mainline jets will replace 50-seat RJ and 37-seat turboprop service on selected flights from Washington to Albany, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse, N.Y.; Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis; Jacksonville, Fla.; Manchester, N.H.; and Raleigh, N.C., versus the February 2004 schedule. Departure levels will be unchanged in Washington versus February 2004, with seat capacity increasing by 40 percent to reflect the use of larger RJs and mainline aircraft.
With the change, US Airways will provide nonstop service in 15 of Washington's 20 largest markets.
As previously announced, US Airways will expand service in Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Fla., on Feb. 13, 2005. Daily departures will increase from 27 this fall to 54, with the introduction of daily nonstop service to nine destinations in the Caribbean and Latin America, as well as six new nonstop destinations in the U.S. In February, US Airways will initiate service to Guatemala City, Guatemala; Panama City, Panama; Kingston, Jamaica; and San Salvador, El Salvador, all subject to foreign government approval. US Airways will also introduce nonstop daily flights to Key West, Fla., operated by PSA Airlines. Connections will be created in Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood for passengers traveling from the Northeast to points in Latin America and the Keys. US Airways' new low GoFares are available on all nonstop flights to and from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood.
Pittsburgh continues to be an important part of the US Airways network. US Airways expects to operate approximately 229 daily departures to 67 destinations with the February schedule, including 28 of the top 30 markets for local travelers.
As previously announced, a redesigned Pittsburgh schedule will take effect on Nov. 7, 2004. Currently, minimal changes are planned to the Pittsburgh schedule between November 2004 and February 2005. Depending on final network and schedule decisions made by non-owned affiliate carrier providers, the total departure count could vary slightly.
Boston and New York LaGuardia
Capacity from Boston and New York will increase by 36 and 12 percent, respectively. Capacity growth occurs as larger RJs and mainline equipment replace smaller, less efficient aircraft.
US Airways Shuttle
Shuttle flights currently operate hourly between New York LaGuardia, Boston Logan and Washington Reagan National.
Beginning on Feb. 6, 2005, Shuttle flights between Washington and Boston will depart 45 minutes after the hour, rather than on the hour or half-hour.
Shuttle service between New York and both Boston and Washington will continue to operate hourly on the hour. The new service pattern is another part of US Airways' overall plan to ensure increased efficiency through better aircraft utilization and airport staffing.
US Airways will continue to offer nonstop service to its existing 11 destinations in Europe from its international gateways in Philadelphia and Charlotte. Overall Atlantic capacity is expected to remain unchanged in 2005.