Midway back in the air by January 1



Midway back in the air by January 1
RALEIGH (AP) - Midway Airlines will be back in the air Jan. 1. as a feeder airline for US Airways Express, according to an agreement reached in federal bankruptcy court Thursday.
The Morrisville-based carrier, which has been grounded since July 17, will resume operations with flights from Raleigh-Durham International airport to Reagan National Airport in Washingon, D.C., the agreement states.
Midway plans to have up to 18 jets in the air under the banner of US Airways Express by the end of the second quarter of 2003.
US Airways will sell tickets on flights operated by Midway and will provide reservation, ground support and other services for the regional jet service.
US Airways will pay Midway for two years of service up front, then begin monthly payments for the remainder of the 10-year service agreement. Details of US Airways' payments to Midway were blacked out in the bankruptcy filings.
Midway, which filed for bankruptcy, signed on with US Airways in July as its last chance for survival and subsequently suspended flight operations. At that time, Midway laid off most of its remaining staff, which was down to several hundred from 2,500 last summer.
Officials said in July that some of the pilots, flight attendants and mechanics will get their jobs back when the airline returns to the air.