US Airways to Reduce Capacity in Response to Impact of War
Thursday March 27, 7:30 am ET
ARLINGTON, Va., March 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- US Airways announced today temporary changes to both its transatlantic and domestic schedules in response to the impact of the ongoing war in Iraq.
Transatlantic changes, effective April 1-30, 2003, will affect European operations to and from Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Service between Pittsburgh and London (Gatwick) will be suspended for the month of April. In addition, Eastbound service between Pittsburgh and Frankfurt, will not operate on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and westbound service will not operate on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Eastbound Philadelphia-Amsterdam service will not operate on Tuesdays, and westbound service will not operate on Wednesdays.
Domestic schedule changes will be effective April 2 through May 3, 2003, and will affect mostly evening flights departing from Pittsburgh and Charlotte, N.C. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, the last bank of flights departing Charlotte will not operate. On those days, the last flights of the day will depart Charlotte between 7 p.m., and 8 p.m., Eastern time.
The last two banks of departing flights from Pittsburgh will not operate on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between April 2 and May 3, 2003. On those two days of the week, the last departing flights out of Pittsburgh will depart by 6 p.m., Eastern time.
Schedule changes for the first week of April are currently available to the public through computer reservations systems, and adjustments for the period through May 3 will be available beginning Sunday. Customers should contact their booking agent to determine if the schedule adjustments have affected their itinerary. A chart detailing the routes affected by the domestic schedule changes is available online at usairways.com/adjusted_schedule.
Because of the war in Iraq, we have adjusted our operation in a way that limits the impact to our customers, as the schedule changes have been made to off-peak travel days on which we have traditionally lower demand, said B. Ben Baldanza, US Airways senior vice president of marketing and planning. These schedule changes constitute a less than 5 percent reduction in available seat miles, or a 4 percent reduction in total departures.
In the period since September 11, we have reduced our capacity by 28 percent, so we now need to make only minor adjustments to our schedule. We will continue to watch closely demand trends and respond as appropriate.
Separately, US Airways Express will discontinue all service in Kalamazoo, Mich., and Madison, Wis., effective April 5, 2003. US Airways Express will also close its station in Baton Rouge, La., effective May 4, 2003. US Airways Express employees in these locations will be offered positions at other stations in the US Airways Express system.
US Airways will continue to monitor events and ticketing procedures. As a reminder, for those tickets purchased on or before April 2, 2003, US Airways'' Peace of Mind policy allows customers to reschedule wholly unused itineraries for travel through June 17, 2003, without incurring standard change fees. Customers interested in making changes to their travel plans should contact US Airways Reservations at 1-800-428-4322 before April 19, 2003.
US Airways is the nation''s seventh-largest airline, serving nearly 200 communities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe. Most of its route network is concentrated in the eastern U.S., where it is the largest air carrier east of the Mississippi. US Airways, US Airways Shuttle, and the US Airways Express partner carriers operate over 3,300 flights per day. For more information on US Airways flight schedules and fares, contact US Airways online at usairways.com, or call US Airways Reservations at 1-800-428-4322.
Source: US Airways