PTIA Awaits Word On Fallout From US Air, Delta Changes


Piedmont Triad International Airport officials are trying to determine how major changes nationally planned by US Airways and Delta Air Lines will affect service to the airport by its two leading carriers.

A recent transaction between Delta and US Airways will lead to US Airways decreasing flights from LaGuardia Airport in New York City and adding flights from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. PTIA officials particularly are interested in US Airways' reduction of service from LaGuardia and whether it will affect service to the airport. US Airways is the only carrier from PTIA to LaGuardia, with six daily flights.

PTIA Executive Director Ted Johnson said Thursday that airport officials haven't determined yet what the changes by US Airways and Delta will mean for the airport. Delta dropped its LaGuardia service from PTIA earlier this year, Johnson said.

"Obviously we would like to continue having two carriers serving New York," Johnson said, referring to US Airways and Continental, which has four daily flights to the New York metropolitan area through Newark International Airport. "How this is going to all shake out is just hard to say."

Johnson said it may be two to three months before details fully emerge on how the Delta and US Airways changes may affect PTIA service. In an e-mail notice to its customers, US Airways indicates that "these changes are pending government approval, which may take several months."

"It gets our attention because they are our two largest carriers," Johnson said.

According to PTIA flight figures for this month, US Airways and Delta provide about two-thirds of the daily flights from the airport.

This article appeared in Friday's edition of the High Point Enterprise.

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