US Airways Washington National to San Diego and More

US Airways Adds Six Destinations from National

US Airways is launching six more destinations from its hub at Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).  Washington National Airport has an outdated perimeter rule to protect Dulles airport, only allowing flights of up to 1,250 statute miles.

However, US Airways obtained one exemption to the Washington National perimeter rule, as did American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United.   Additional exemptions exist for new carriers in the market at Washington National.

As a result of the perimeter exemption, US Airways will soon start flying from Washington National Airport (DCA) to San Diego International Airport (SAN).  This particular route is in high demand; both Alaska Airlines made an application for San Diego and Portland, while Southwest applied for service to Austin-Bergstrom Intl (AUS) with continuing same place service to San Diego (SAN)

The other new additions to the US Airways Hub at Washington National include:

  • Augusta, Ga (AGS)
  • Minneapolis (MSP)
  • Fayetteville, Ark (XNA)
  • Montreal, Quebec (YUL)
  • Toronto, Ontario (YYZ)


These six cities will have non-stop service and direct access to Washington DC’s “downtown airport.”

New service to San Diego will begin on June 8, while service to all other communities will begin on July 11.

No other carrier at Washington National offers nonstop service to San Diego, Augusta or Fayetteville.  US Airways will fill the void with nonstop access from these communities to Reagan National Airport.

Andrew Nocella, US Airways’ Senior Vice President, Marketing and Planning, said, “US Airways will have a total of 22 new routes from Washington D.C.’s Reagan National beginning this spring and summer. Our growing presence at Reagan National Airport highlights our commitment to connect small, medium and large communities to the nation’s capital.”

Nocella continued, “We are excited to provide customers – especially those in communities that currently do not have service – with direct access to Washington’s downtown airport.”

The new flights are the final phase in US Airways’ strategy to focus on its core service areas, which include Washington, D.C. (DCA), Philadelphia (PHL), Phoenix (PHX) and Charlotte (CLT).

Back in January, US Airways announced expanded service at National Airport as a result of the swap deal with Delta.  The 14 destinations announced then will begin on March 25.  Nonstop flights between Reagan National (DCA) and Cincinnati (CVG) along with Des Moines (DSM) will begin on May 2.

As soon as the new flights begin 99% of the airline’s available seat miles (ASMs) will operate to or from a core service area, aside from the US Airways Shuttle which operates hourly flights between Washington National (DCA), Boston-Logan (BOS) and New York’s LaGaurdia Airport (LGA).

GoGo Internet and GoGo Vision


In the meantime, US Airways is adding GoGo Internet to their fleet of Airbus A319, Airbus A320, Airbus A321, and the Embraer 190.   In addition to internet access, US Airways is launching “GoGo Vision”, a program which allows users to stream movies and television shows to their WiFi device.   GoGo Vision will work from an on-board, centralized media platform, providing the video streams without eating into the ground to aircell bandwidth.


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