US Airways will eliminate two of its four daily flights from Hancock Airport to its former hub at Pittsburgh July 7.

The service reduction is part of a larger plan in which the airline will stop direct flights to five of the 53 cities it serves from Pittsburgh International Airport and reduce service to 10 other cities, including Syracuse.

Valerie Wunder, speaking for US Airways, said the carrier is "reallocating resources, putting crews and aircraft into markets that can support more demand."

Kevin Schwab, director of air service development for the Metropolitan Development Association, said the dropping of the two flights will have little effect on Hancock because Pittsburgh is not one of the more heavily traveled destinations from Syracuse.

"It's not a big tourist route, and the amount of business traffic on this route is not great," he said.

The airline, based in Tempe, Ariz., will eliminate nonstop service between Pittsburgh and Altoona, Pa.; Baltimore; Buffalo; San Diego; and Seattle. Besides Syracuse, the destinations to which service will be reduced are Albany; Erie, Pa.; Newark, N.J.; Indianapolis; New York City's LaGuardia Airport; Chicago; Philadelphia; Providence, R.I.; and Toronto.

Since 2001, US Airways has eliminated 415 flights from Pittsburgh International. With the latest cutbacks, it will operate 127 daily flights from Pittsburgh.

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