US Airways Express today
announced that it will begin nonstop regional jet service between Erie,
Pa., and both Charlotte, N.C., and Philadelphia, beginning Aug. 8, 2004.
The new daily flights to both cities will be operated by US Airways
Express carrier PSA Airlines using 50-seat Canadair Regional Jets (CRJs).
Erie-Charlotte flights will operate once daily, with Erie-Philadelphia
roundtrip flights operating four times each day.
“This service expansion from Erie into our two largest hubs represents a
40 percent increase in capacity for the Erie community, as well as more
daily flights and regional jets,” said Andrew P. Nocella, US Airways vice
president of network and revenue management. “We have long served the Erie
community and are pleased to be able to continue to operate at Erie
International in a much greater way.”
“Senator Santorum, Congressman English and I have been pressing for two
and a half years to bring more regional jet service to Erie, since I held
a hearing in Erie in January 2002, so I am delighted to see these
additions. It will be especially helpful to have four daily round trips
between Philadelphia and Erie,” said U.S. Senator Arlen Specter.
“US Airways’ decision to resume service from Erie to Philadelphia is a
much needed boost for our region’s economic development,” said English.
“I’m pleased that US Airways has recognized Erie’s significance as a
center for travel and commerce.”
US Airways Express currently operates eight daily flights between Erie and
Pittsburgh, using two CRJs and six 30-seat Saab 340 turboprop aircraft.
Beginning Aug. 8, US Airways Express will operate four daily
Erie-Pittsburgh flights, using one CRJ and three Saab 340 aircraft. US
Airways has been serving Erie since the 1950s.