By Mark Chesnut
Travelers planning trips in and out of the nation’s capital now have an array of new options, thanks to new flights recently announced by US Airways, which is ramping up service at Washington Reagan National Airport as part of a major slot swap with Delta Air Lines.
As US Airways decreases its presence at New York’s LaGuardia airport, the airline will add service to 11 new destinations from Washington D.C., and expand service tothree cities already on its route map. The new flights begin on March 25.
According to the carrier, eight of the 11 new cities currently have no service to Reagan National — including flights linking the nation’s capital with Birmingham, Ala., Fayetteville, N.C., Islip, N.Y., Little Rock, Ark., Jacksonville, N.C., and the Florida cities of Pensacola, Tallahassee and Fort Walton Beach. Service will also be added to Memphis, Omaha and Ottawa, and service will become daily on flights to Bangor and Savannah. In addition, a new daily nonstop frequency to Hartford will be added. In February, the airline plans to announce even more new routes.
To support the expanded service, US Airways will add more gates at Reagan National, build a second US Airways Club and hire some 125 airport customer service and fleet service employees.
In March, US Airways will reduce its schedule at New York’s LaGuardia airport to 65 daily weekday flights, and will maintain its Shuttle service to Washington and Boston. All ofits LaGuardia flights will continue to operate from Terminal C, where a new, 3,500-square-foot US Airways Club is to open this spring.
Mark Chesnut is a travel writer, editor and publisher of LatinFlyer.com, which focuses on travel to Latin America. For some reason, he loves airline memorabilia.