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US Airways To Resume Nonstop PIT-IAH Service

Tue Feb 15, 2005 1:55 am

US AIRWAYS TO RESUME NONSTOP PITTSBURGH-HOUSTON SERVICE

ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 14, 2005 -- US Airways announced today that it will resume daily nonstop roundtrip service between Pittsburgh and Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), on May 8, 2005, using 72-seat Embraer 170 Regional Jets.

Departing Pittsburgh Arriving Houston
8:30 a.m. 10:37 a.m.
1:20 p.m. 3:26 p.m.

Departing Houston Arriving Pittsburgh
11:45 a.m. 3:03 p.m.
4:05 p.m. 7:57 p.m.

US Airways last served the Pittsburgh-Houston market in November 2004.

US Airways is the largest carrier at Pittsburgh, operating 239 mainline and Express daily nonstop departures to 65 destinations. At IAH, US Airways operates 13 daily nonstop flights, with five-times daily service to both Charlotte, N.C., and Philadelphia and three daily flights to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

US Airways is the nation’s seventh-largest airline, serving nearly 200 communities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America. US Airways, US Airways Shuttle and the US Airways Express partner carriers operate approximately 3,450 flights per day. For more information on US Airways flight schedules and fares, visit US Airways online at usairways.com.

Reporters needing additional information should contact US Airways Corporate Communications at (703) 872-5100.
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RE: US Airways To Resume Nonstop PIT-IAH Service

Tue Feb 15, 2005 2:00 am

While this sounds great and over the past month I've come to love the E170, are they doing too much too soon? In December, when I was returning to PHL from a business trip to Chattanooga, there were no ticket jackets and the last few flights of the night were cut, resulting in me having to leave at 5pm rather than 7pm. Now they have expanded the number of flights. What's going on? Where did the sudden infusion of cash come from and are they seeing good yields on all the newly added flights systemwide?
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RE: US Airways To Resume Nonstop PIT-IAH Service

Tue Feb 15, 2005 2:03 am

What was the impetus to restart the IAH flights? This is good news.
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RE: US Airways To Resume Nonstop PIT-IAH Service

Tue Feb 15, 2005 2:10 am

What was the impetus to restart the IAH flights?

If I had to guess, US was short a few planes due to deliveries being stopped for a while when they entered bankruptcy. Now that deliveries have resumed, they should be able to add/resume a few routes (not just from PIT) and/or upgauge equipment.
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RE: US Airways To Resume Nonstop PIT-IAH Service

Tue Feb 15, 2005 2:14 am

>>>What was the impetus to restart the IAH flights?

SWA starts PIT service in May, so perhaps they expect Houston to be one of the markets served...
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RE: US Airways To Resume Nonstop PIT-IAH Service

Tue Feb 15, 2005 2:43 am

At least ticket jackets are back (at least they were in MHT, GSO, BOS, and the City Ticket Office in Winston-Salem).

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RE: US Airways To Resume Nonstop PIT-IAH Service

Tue Feb 15, 2005 3:28 am

It would be nice to see our MCI, MEM and JAX service return. Maybe as we get more E170 and CR70.
 
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RE: US Airways To Resume Nonstop PIT-IAH Service

Tue Feb 15, 2005 3:37 am

I thought the objective was to de hub PIT rather than add flights.
 
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RE: US Airways To Resume Nonstop PIT-IAH Service

Tue Feb 15, 2005 6:13 am

Jdw...as far as I am aware, there has never been PIT-JAX service

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RE: US Airways To Resume Nonstop PIT-IAH Service

Tue Feb 15, 2005 2:14 pm

It has been 5 years or so but PIT-JAX was UsAir route. I believe it was on 733 and 734, also a MD80 could have been used.
 
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RE: US Airways To Resume Nonstop PIT-IAH Service

Tue Feb 15, 2005 2:31 pm

I was looking through a chart from USAir's PIT operation during the summer of 1997. It looks like (at that time) they did fly PIT-JAX, once daily with a DC-9-30.



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RE: US Airways To Resume Nonstop PIT-IAH Service

Tue Feb 15, 2005 2:44 pm

I can't argue with you there Iowaman, PIT would be overserved with at most 50 flights a day in PIT from US. I thought US was de hubbing it for good. Seems like they just talk taking action at US.

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RE: US Airways To Resume Nonstop PIT-IAH Service

Tue Feb 15, 2005 2:47 pm

He Azu, how is PIT a dump. I admit the city is lacking but are you talking about the airport?
 
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RE: US Airways To Resume Nonstop PIT-IAH Service

Tue Feb 15, 2005 3:03 pm

While I'm glad it's getting increased service again, PIT is (at least to me) a less than attractive airport. It was clearly a frequent flier's paradise at one time, but it has almost no natural light, and it's starting to turn relatively dingy due to lack of maintenance. It compares badly with, for example, Charlotte-Douglas, which is absolutely gorgeous inside throughout all of its terminals and has held up well over the years.

Flying through on my way to SEA just a week before many of the regional flights were pulled in October, PIT was a ghost town. It was really sad to see such a huge facility so empty, but if I had to pick one of PIT, PHL or CLT to eliminate, PIT is clearly the least attractive of the three, at least to me, from a terminal architecture and cleanliness perspective.

I'd suggest the Allegheny County airport authority use the absence of US Airways as an excuse to renovate the terminal to attract new tenants, but I believe they're still trying to pay for the original construction. Fixing an abandoned hub is never easy, but you can still end up with a viable airport if you manage it carefully (STL comes to mind, although I don't think it ever got as dire there as it is at PIT)

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RE: US Airways To Resume Nonstop PIT-IAH Service

Tue Feb 15, 2005 3:11 pm

Excellent!!! Stop the CO monopoly.

They will do well on that profitable route especially using an efficient aircraft (Embraer 170 )
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RE: US Airways To Resume Nonstop PIT-IAH Service

Tue Feb 15, 2005 3:17 pm

I always liked stopping through PIT although I hated connecting onto J31s. The E gates were lacking until they opened the Shlotsky's (sp?). I liked that there was a good selection of restaurants and stores. I hated how it seemed every single person on the plane had status... not much of a benefit having status in those conditions. There definitely isn't much architectural attractiveness to PIT though... it is very utilitarian. Hopefully the city can grow to the point an airport that size makes sense again.
 
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RE: US Airways To Resume Nonstop PIT-IAH Service

Tue Feb 15, 2005 3:25 pm

SWA starts PIT service in May, so perhaps they expect Houston to be one of the markets served...

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