ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 31, 2002—US Airways and Windward Island Airways (WINAIR) filed for U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) approval to begin a code-share agreement supporting a marketing relationship announced in June.
Under the agreement, US Airways and WINAIR would code share on flights between St. Maarten, and both Saba and St. Eustatius, Netherlands Antilles; St. Barthelemy; Anguilla; Antigua; St. Kitts and Nevis.
Passengers traveling between the U.S. and these attractive island vacation destinations will find conveniently coordinated flight schedules and will be able to get seat assignments and check their baggage through to their final destination with just a single ticket. Subject to government approvals, code-share service is expected to be available for customers booking beginning in December for flights that will commence in late December.
The agreement also provides affiliation with US Airways’ Dividend Miles frequent flyer program, enabling travelers to earn and redeem Dividend Miles on flights operated by WINAIR.
WINAIR operates 19-seat deHavilland Twin Otter aircraft. Its flights will link to US Airways’ service at St. Maarten to both the Charlotte and Philadelphia hubs.
“This code-share agreement is a logical extension of our GoCaribbean initiative announced in cooperation with WINAIR this summer, and it significantly expands our growing Caribbean operation,” said Douglas D. Leo, vice president - international. “With convenient connections in Charlotte and Philadelphia, customers will have greater access from the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and Northeast regions of the U.S. to these elite Caribbean destinations.”
“The WINAIR-US Airways code-share agreement represents an exciting development that will build substantially on WINAIR’s Caribbean regional network,” said John Strugnell, WINAIR’s managing director. “This new agreement will enable us to increase our frequency of flights to the Caribbean destinations that we currently serve, as well as to connections over our St. Maarten hub.
“WINAIR is delighted to enter this cooperative marketing relationship with US Airways, offering increased convenience and travel benefits for our customers. This initiative provides the flexibility for travelers to plan short-stay trips and multi-destination vacations,” said Strugnell.
WINAIR brings over 40 years of experience as an established and trusted Caribbean regional airline to this new code-share cooperation.
US Airways’ GoCaribbean initiative is a major marketing venture that recognizes the regional airline network in the Caribbean as partners, offering additional customer conveniences and frequent flyer participation. Under this initiative, US Airways has added greater access to the Caribbean in cooperation with WINAIR, Nevis Express, and Caribbean Star. Through the GoCaribbean affiliation, US Airways plans to expand its network in the Caribbean region. Combined with US Airways’ mainline and Express operations, US Airways and GoCaribbean will serve 34 destinations in the Caribbean.
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.
US Airways will add flights between Charlotte and Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos starting Nov. 2, and between Charlotte and Belize on Nov. 9, each with four flights weekly. New weekly flights also will be added between Charlotte and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic beginning Dec. 4, 2002, subject to foreign government; between Philadelphia and St. Kitts beginning Dec. 7; and between Philadelphia and Grenada, starting Dec. 21. US Airways also will introduce Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport-Nassau service on Nov. 2.
Reporters needing additional information should contact US Airways Corporate Communications at (703) 872-5100.