US Airways: Approval for Caribbean Service

ARLINGTON, Va., July 10, 2002—US Airways will begin new daily nonstop service between Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Nassau in the Bahamas. The new service, which has received U.S. Department of Transportation approval, will begin on Nov. 2, 2002.


The new route will complement existing daily nonstop flights serving Nassau from US Airways’ Philadelphia and Charlotte hubs, and New York’s LaGuardia Airport. Flights will increase to twice daily from Charlotte for the winter.


“With this addition, US Airways will offer Nassau travelers the widest breadth of service of any carrier, with nonstop flights to both New York LaGuardia and Washington Reagan National, as well as convenient access throughout the U.S. and key Canadian cities via Philadelphia and Charlotte,” said US Airways Vice President - International Douglas Leo. “Our Nassau service, coupled with our other new island destinations, underscores our strong commitment to becoming the preferred carrier for Caribbean travel.”


US Airways’ new Reagan National-Nassau service is subject to foreign government approval. Flights will operate using modern Airbus A319 aircraft, providing seating for 120 passengers in First Class and Coach. Flights will depart Reagan National at 9 a.m., and will arrive in Nassau at 11:56 a.m. Return service will depart Nassau at 11:50 a.m., and will arrive at Reagan National at 2:35 p.m.


Nassau will become US Airways’ third international destination served from Reagan National, joining daily nonstop flights to Bermuda, introduced on July 7. US Airways Express carrier Piedmont Airlines began new nonstop service to Toronto with four daily flights on July 7, and will increase the number of flights to five daily beginning Aug. 4, 2002.

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US Airways also plans to begin new weekly nonstop service between Philadelphia and Grenada on Dec. 21, and between Philadelphia and St. Kitts on Dec. 7, together with new service from Charlotte to Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos starting Nov. 2, and to Belize on Nov. 9, each with four flights weekly. These four new routes are each subject to foreign government approval.


US Airways currently serves the following 16 Caribbean destinations: Antigua, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Cancun, Cozumel, Grand Bahama Island, Grand Cayman, Montego Bay, Nassau, San Juan, Santo Domingo, St. Croix, St. Lucia, St. Thomas and St. Maarten. US Airways Express also serves North Eleuthera, Governors Harbour, Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay from Florida.


Reporters needing additional information should contact US Airways Corporate Communications at (703) 872-5100.


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