US Airways ditches 40 flights, 19 cities

Pittsburgh takes another hit from carrier


"I'm not happy about it. I wish US Airways could have made it work," said attorney Dan Booker, who is chairman of the Regional Air Service Partnership, which tries to lure airlines to Pittsburgh International Airport. "But other airlines have shown they can work well in Pittsburgh, and profitably."

AirTran spokeswoman Judy Graham-Weaver said: "We will be keeping our eye on Pittsburgh." The airline continues to add planes to its fleet through 2010, "so we are in a position to grow in any of the markets we serve," she said.

"Pittsburgh is definitely a good market for us," said Southwest spokeswoman Whitney Eichinger. "This definitely opens some possibilities for us, but when and where has yet to be determined."

In addition to dropping Chicago O'Hare, Denver and Toronto, US Airways will eliminate nonstop Pittsburgh service to Erie and Norfolk, Va., on Jan. 6. Service to Charleston, W.Va., ends on Nov. 3.

Vaughn Gilbert, spokesman for Westinghouse Electric Co., was surprised by the elimination of US Airways' Chicago flights, noting that he and other Westinghouse personnel just flew to that city Tuesday on business on a US Airways express flight.

"The flight appeared to have every seat filled," Gilbert said. "We have a lot of business in the Midwest, and Chicago is an important city."

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