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Luckymommyx2
08-31-2002, 08:12 AM
Here is a new article from the Orlando Sentinel about airline cuts on flights to Orlando. (I hope I'm doing this right!)

http://orlandosentinal.com/business/tourism/orl-bizairline31083102aug31.story?coll=orl%2Dbusiness% 2Dheadlines


Airline cuts back Orlando flights

Compiled from staff and wire reports
Posted August 31, 2002




" US Airways will drop six of 32 daily departures from Orlando International Airport, as part of a systemwide restructuring that will cut almost 200 flights, the financially struggling carrier announced Friday.

The airline's announcement came on a day of service adjustments and labor dissension at other carriers as well.


United Airlines flight attendants blasted the carrier's plan to slash labor costs by 15 percent as exorbitant. They joined other unions in urging United to appoint a new chief executive officer to hasten financial recovery efforts.


Flight attendants for Midwest Express said they will begin striking random flight routes after failing to reach a labor agreement with the airline by a strike deadline.


American Airlines joined other carriers in tightening its ticket policy. Among the changes, starting Oct. 1 American will charge $100 for customers who want to stand by for another flight on the day of their scheduled flight.


However, Southwest Airlines said it reached tentative agreement with its union mechanics on a new contract. The agreement includes pay raises retroactive to August 2001 and stock options.

US Airways, which filed for bankruptcy this month, said it will cut its daily mainline jet departures about 13 percent, from 1,545 to 1,352.

Overall departures, including smaller regional jets and turboprop planes, will drop about 9 percent, from 3,785 daily departures to 3,480, the airline announced Friday.

The airline's Pittsburgh hub will lose the greatest number of flights.

Pittsburgh International Airport currently has 495 daily US Airways departures. It will lose 81 flights, or 16 percent, dropping to 414 daily departures by Nov. 2.

The airline's hub in Charlotte, N.C., will lose 32 flights, or 6 percent of its daily departures, dropping from 494 to 462.

Its third hub in Philadelphia will lose only nine daily departures, from 399 to 390.

Airports in Florida will be hit hard.

OIA is losing 19 percent of its US Airways flights. It is the No. 4 carrier at Orlando, handling, as of June, about 9.5 percent of OIA's passengers.

Elsewhere in Florida, Tallahassee will drop from 20 daily departures to eight, a 60 percent cut. Tampa will drop from 58 to 37, a 38 percent cut. Jacksonville will drop from 20 to 15, a 25 percent cut, while Orlando service will go from 32 to 26 daily departures.

US Airways will continue service to all but one of its 204 cities. Only Saginaw, Mich., will lose service entirely, and that's the result of a decision by an affiliated carrier that flies under the US Airways Express banner.

US Airways spokesman David Castelveter said the most unprofitable routes were eliminated. In addition, the schedule changes allow the airline to get better use from its hubs. Analysts have criticized the airline at times for having its three hubs so close together.

"We're streamlining the system to use the hubs more effectively to connect passengers more conveniently," Castelveter said.

US Airways is the nation's seventh-largest carrier and the biggest east of the Mississippi.

It became the first major carrier to file for bankruptcy after Sept. 11, losing $2.1 billion in 2001 on revenue of $8.3 billion.

The airline was particularly susceptible to the post-Sept. 11 downturn in airline travel because of its high number of short-haul routes on which driving is a viable alternative to flying. "
Copyright 2002, Orlando Sentinel