ARLINGTON, Va., June 13, 2002 - US Airways issued the following statement today in response to a proposed ordinance to regulate gate access at Philadelphia International Airport:
“Today`s proposal by some members of the Philadelphia city council to limit the number of gates used by US Airways at Philadelphia International Airport is a breach of good faith with our company, the customers we serve, and more than 6,500 US Airways employees based in the Philadelphia area. More importantly, it illegally abrogates our existing lease agreement with the city, which runs through 2006.
“If this amendment to the existing ordinance is enacted, it would severely restrict US Airways` ability to maintain and continue to develop Philadelphia as a premier domestic and international gateway, where we operate nearly 500 daily departures to more than 100 destinations nonstop worldwide.
“As a company that has invested consistently in Philadelphia International Airport for more than 50 years and is essentially financing the terminal expansion project now underway, we find the position by even a handful of members of the city council to be very disappointing.
“Our service growth and ongoing commitment to the City of Philadelphia and surrounding communities is well established, and this action would irreparably damage US Airways, our employees, customers, and the vast benefits that we bring to Philadelphia and the region.