US Airways Starts new Washington National Flights

US Airways Begins New DCA Flights Today

US Airways officially started new service to 11 cities as previously announced and enhanced service on three existing routes today.  We previously reported this in an article titled US Airways Announces New Washington National Routes on January 3, 2012.

Today, March 26th, these new flights have taken to the skies from Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA).  This is the first of a few phases of growth for US Airways at National Airport as they begin to focus on core airports.

The new flights today are:

  • Birmingham, AL (BMH)
  • Fayetteville, NC (FAY)
  • Islip, Long Island, NY (ISP)
  • Little Rock Clinton Airport* (LIT)
  • Jacksonville, NC (OAJ)
  • Pensacola, FL (PNS)
  • Tallahassee, FL (TLH)
  • Ft. Walton Beach, FL (VPS)

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* Little Rock Airport is being re-named after US President Bill Clinton.

US Airways is the only airline to serve these new destinations from Washington DC’s Reagan National Airport.  Nation Airport is just across the Potomac River from Downtown Washington, DC, and is connected to the Washington, DC, subway system.

New, US Airways flights also started to:

  • Memphis, TN (MEM)
  • Omaha, NE (OMA)
  • Ottawa, Ontario (YOW)

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The above three destinations already have service to Washington National, but now face competition with US Airways.  Finally, US Airways increased service on three routes the carrier already operates:

  • Savannah, GA (SAV)
  • Bangor, ME (BGR)
  • Hartford-Bradley, CT (BDL)

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Flights to Cincinnati (CVG) and Des Moines (DSM) were announced on February 13th (US Airways to Add More Washington National Routes).  These flights will begin on the 2nd and 3rd of May.

Jackson, Mississippi (JAN), was added, and service started from Washington National on March 4th (US Airways Starts Jackson, MS to DC National).

Finally, US Airways announced six additional destinations – US Airways Washington National to San Diego and More – this last announcement adds flights to six more cities from Washington National, Including San Diego (SAN) via a Washington National Beyond Perimeter exemption.

As soon as all new flights begin service in June and July, US Airways will have a total of 22 new routes from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).  The new Washington DC flights finalize US Airways’ plan to focus on its core hub cities including Washington National (DCA), Charlotte (CLT), Philadelphia (PHL), and Phoenix (PHX).

Andrew Nocella, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Planning, said, “Today US Airways will begin connecting customers in communities, both large and small, to our nation’s capital.”  Nocella continued, “We are enthusiastic about providing our business, government and leisure travelers in these 14 communities with direct and convenient access to Reagan National, and look forward to connecting additional communities in June and July.”

These new flights were made possible through the US Airways and Delta Air Lines slot swaps between Washington National (DCA) and New York LaGuardia (LGA).  The new flights may be booked with US Airways or your preferred travel agency, including online airline booking sites.

On a final note, between US Airways and United, the two Star Alliance carriers in the United States, it is now possible to fly from Bush (IAH) to Clinton (LIT), Clinton (LIT) to Reagan (DCA), and Reagan (DCA) to Kennedy (JFK).

 

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